Red-tailed Hawk — Buteo jamaicensis
When this large, broad winged hawk veers in its flight, the rufous color of the upper side of its tail can be seen from above (primarily visible on adults) – thus the name Red-tailed Hawk. The under parts of typical adults shows a white breast with a band of brown streaks across the belly (referred to as a “belly band”). This hawk is often seen perched on trees, telephone wires or poles near a road or highway. It is the most common hawk observed throughout the eastern United States.
A red-tailed hawk perching on a tree limb.