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Vermont Museum of Natural History, INC. 

[802] 464 - 0048


7599 VT Route 9
West Marlboro, VT 05363

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Red-Tailed Hawk   [Buteo Jamaicensis]

43–57" Wingspan

Homer came to us in the fall of 2018 after being hit by a car in nearby Vernon, VT. She suffered a compound fracture to her left wing. This is an injury that birds rarely fully recover from and she is now unable to fly. She appears to be a very young bird, probably hatched in the spring of 2018. We'll know for sure when she molts in her adult colors. This happens when red-tails are two years old and it's when her current striped tail will be replaced by the namesake rusty-red tail feathers.