Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2008-19

Common name:

Zone-tailed Hawk

Scientific name: Buteo albonotatus
Date: 04-24-08
Time: ~ 1730
Length of time observed: 45 minutes
Number: 1
Age: adult
Sex: female
Location: Along Santa Clara River from Shem Diversion upstream to north Shivwits boundary
County: Washington
Latilong: 19
Elevation: 980 - 1000 m
Distance to bird: 10 - 50 m
Optical equipment: 8x42 binoculars
Weather: clear
Light Conditions: sunny
Description:        Size of bird:  
(Description:)       Basic Shape:  
(Description:)  Overall Pattern:  
(Description:)            Bill Type:  
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Larg dark raptor with blackish body and head. Wings - long and broad with rounded tips showing five splayed primaries; upper and underwing coverts black; underside of primaries and secondaries with thin fine barring and darker tips. Tail - relatively long and black with ventral surface showing wide grayish band on mid-section, and thinner bands (3) towards body visible on spread tail; dorsal side also with wide grayish mid-band, and one thinner inner band; all rectrices with pale tips. Head - with dark eye, and dark bill, and yellow cere and gap. Legs - yellow.
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery: na
Behavior: very active, flying along the Santa Clara occasionally low and through the riparian area and often over/through adjacent ridges and valleys. Perched briefly once in top of dead cottonwood but was run off by Am. Kestrels.
Habitat: Cottonwood riparian area and adjacent hillsides and lava ridges
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Turkey Vulture - eliminated by feathered head with yellow ceres

Common Black-Hawk - eliminated by broader wings, no contrast on under-wing linings, shorter tail, etc.

dark-morph Red-tailed Hawk has pale panels at the base of primaries.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
References consulted:  
Description from: Notes taken at time of sighting
Observer: Rick Fridell
Observer's address: 35050 West 290 North
Observer's e-mail address:
Other observers who independently identified this bird: none
Date prepared: 08-25-08
Additional material: Photos
Additional Comments: