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SCIENTIFIC NAME: Buteo regalis
HABITAT: Dry, open grasslands.
The regal Ferruginous Hawk ranks as the biggest North American member of the genus Buteo, a group of stocky hawks with long, broad wings. It is even noticeably larger than the robust and familiar Red-Tailed Hawk. This species is named for the ferruginous, or rusty, color on the wings, back, and legs of light-morph individuals.
The Ferruginous Hawk could easily be mistaken for an eagle. Noted ornithologist Arthur Cleveland Bent evocatively described the Ferruginous Hawk as “the largest, most powerful, and grandest of our buteos, a truly regal bird.”