Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2019-20

Common name:

Zone-tailed Hawk

Scientific name: Buteo albonotatus
Date: 4/21/2019
Time: 11:45
Length of time observed: 5 minutes
Number: 1
Age: Adult
Sex: unknown
Location: Confluence Park, LA Verkin, Utah
County: Washington
Latilong: 12s 297467 4120405
Elevation: 3000
Distance to bird: 100m
Optical equipment: 10x50 binoculars and 560mm camera lens.
Weather: Clear
Light Conditions: Good
Description:        Size of bird: Large
(Description:)       Basic Shape: Buteo
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: black and white
(Description:)            Bill Type: raptor
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Buteo flew directly overhead. Dark overall with black underwing coverts and lighter remiges with dark tips; dark trailing edge to wings. Feet yellow. Tail with broad black terminal bar, broad white subterminal bar, followed by black and white bars.
(see photo)
Song or call & method of delivery: None
Behavior: Gliding overhead on thermals.
Habitat: Rocky cliffs above riparian corridor.
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Turkey Vultures are most similar, but they have unfeathered heads and they lack barred tails and dark terminal band across wings.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
I have seen hundreds of thousands of Turkey Vultures and tens of Zone-tailed Hawks.
References consulted: Sibley Birds app
Description from: From photo(s) taken at the time of the sighting
Observer: Jason Pietrzak
Observer's address: PO Box 965, Springdale, Utah 84767
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird: Anne Winters, Brandon Miller
Date prepared: 7/7/2019
Additional material: Photo
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