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Short-tailed Hawk (Buteo brachyurus), Barfoot Park, Cochise County

Short-tailed Hawk is a recent addition to the Arizona avifauna. In spring of 1999 there were several sight reports from the Onion Saddle area of the Chiricahua Mts. In July 1999, the first photographic evidence of Short-tailed Hawks in Arizona was obtained in Miller Canyon in the Huachuca Mts. (Prior to that, there had been several accepted sight records from the Huachuca and Chiricahua Mts. dating back to 1985.) Since then, they have been reported intermittently in the Huachucas and documented nearly annually in the Chiricahuas. The documentation of juveniles in the Chiricahuas suggests that nesting has occurred there. This photo of a light morph Short-tailed Hawk over Barfoot Junction was taken by Oliver Niehuis on 21 May 2006.

Short-tailed Hawk is casual in Arizona; documentation of all sightings is requested by the ABC.
(Some records submitted from other AZ mountain ranges are currently in circulation.)


Photographed by Oliver Niehuis, on 21 May 2006


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