Resident Raptor - Rough-legged Hawk
Tyee and Kenai
Tyee (A male) was found in a school yard in Corvallis in January 1997, with muscle damage and punctures to the shoulder. Unable to fly well enough for hunting and his long migrations, he was placed with CRC for education in August 1997.
Kenai A female based on size and coloration - was found alongside a road in
southern Washington in January 2000, with an open fracture of the left wrist
- probably hit by a car. The exposed bones were badly fragmented and
ultimately died, so the wing tip was amputated. She was placed with CRC in
January 2003, after spending some time in an education program in Klamath
Rough-legged Hawk (Buteo lagopus)
A large, long-winged, long-tailed hawk; females are larger than males. The
Latin name means "rabbit-footed," as the legs are
feathered completely down to the small yellow feet. The pattern and
amount of dark is extremely variable in this species. In the
common light morph (light-colored variety), this hawk is more boldly
patterned compared to other buteos, with brown back and wings, but head,
neck, underside and thighs white or buffy with streaks or spots of brown;
females and immatures have a dark belly band, while the adult male has a
darker "bib" across the breast, and paler belly. The tail is pale with dark
bars, dark at the end. When viewed in flight, square black patches at the
wrist, or bend, of the wing underside are a distinctive feature. Flight is
active with slow, flexible wingbeats; soars in a medium dihedral (v-shaped
attitude of wings), and hovers frequently.
Size - Length: 18 - 23" • Wing Span: 48 - 56" • Weight: 1.6 - 3.0 lb.