Written By Chris Biro, Copyright 25 February 2010.
Identifying hawk species can be tricky. It takes study and practice. I’ve included a link below to a good educational hawk identification presentation. It is a 42 Mb Power Point presentation so can take awhile to download. If you are like me, you will need to review this several times and fairly often.
For more information here are some good books for learning to identify hawks:
Hawks from Every Angle: How to Identify Raptors In Flight
by Jerry Liguori and David Sibley
Hawks in Flight: The Flight Identification of North American Migrant Raptors
by Sibley, Sutton, Dunne
A Photographic Guide to North American Raptors
by Brian Wheeler and William Clark