Magnet: Taiga

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Taiga was a previous Education Bird at MRCC. A hawk of the North, the Rough-legged Hawk breeds in Arctic tundra and taiga regions around the northern hemisphere. Both dark and light forms are common, with many birds intermediate between the extremes.

Adult Description

  • Large hawk.
  • Wings long and broad.
  • Flight feathers pale, with dark trailing edge to wings.
  • Black marks at wrists.
  • Tail broad, with white at base and broad dark tip.
  • Commonly with pale, streaked chest and broad dark belly.
  • May be all dark, but still with pale wing feathers and white at base of tail.

Immature Description

Juvenile similar to adult female, but with browner tail and less distinct dark band on tail and along trailing edge of wings.