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Medium-sized all-dark raptor with yellow legs and bill. Arched wings and a "tippy" flying style makes Zone-tailed Hawks resemble Turkey Vultures in flight. However, a bold white tail band helps separate these species in the field. Immatures have finely barred outer flight feathers and a barred tail.Where do zone tailed hawks go to hunt?
Zone-tailed Hawks hunt in areas of uneven ground: foothills, mesas, cliffs, and canyons, particularly where there are waterways or gaps in the forest. Scan the horizon and landscape for a flying raptor that looks like a Turkey Vulture but has a feathered head and bars in the tail.What kind of sound does a red tailed hawk make?
Listen to more sounds of this species from the ML archive. Adults make a hoarse, screaming kee-eeeee-arr. It lasts 2-3 seconds and is usually given while soaring. During courtship, they also make a shrill chwirk, sometimes giving several of these calls in a row.What kind of Hawk has a white tail?
Zone-tailed Hawk Identification. Adult. Medium-sized raptor with broad wings. Often mistaken for a Turkey Vulture, but note large white band on tail and dark trailing edges on wings. With good looks upper bands on tail are also visible.