New Mexico Birds: Accipitriformes


This page is under construction. Accipitriformes includes hawks, eagles, and kites. Hover over a photo series to control the images.

Accipitridae: Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)

For my blog about a close encounter with Cooper's Hawks, click here.


Accipitridae: Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis)

Notice how when the tail isn't fanned out, a lot of white shows in the sun at the base of the tail.


Accipitridae: Red-Tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)


Accipitridae: Broad-Winged Hawk? (Buteo platypterus?)

Broad-Winged Hawk, Buteo platypterus, New Mexico
Rio Grande, Albuquerque, May 2016

I'm calling this a possible broad-winged hawk based in part on the single broad white band on the underside of the tail. It's not a good photo but if you look behind the hawk, you can see a coyote on the west bank of the Rio Grande.


Accipitridae: Swainson's Hawk (Buteo swainsoni)

Aside from limited development, Mesa del Sol is a treeless piece of high desert—the kind of open space where Swainson's Hawks prefer to hunt. In August 2020 I saw one sitting on top of a light pole. Two of the pictures from then are a bit fuzzy but show this hawk's white face. In 2021 I added an even fuzzier photo because it shows what you're likely to see from a distance, and because I was able to include insets showing the hawk in flight.


Accipitridae: Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

For a brief YouTube video featuring this bald eagle, please click here.


Pandionidae: Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)