What is this bird?

by Lela
(Santa Rosa, California )

This bird was found in the backyard. It does not look like it has a tale and is missing patches of fur.

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Jul 30, 2013
some kind of hawk..
by: Jeanne

it looks like a baby, a juvenile which is still getting its feathers in, which might be why you don't see s "tail"

Jul 30, 2013
what is this bird
by: Joseph

I am no expert by far,,, but my immediate thought when I first saw the photo, was that it looked like a peregrine falcon. These are used for hunting and often chosen as a pet by some people. The wings may be clipped intentionally , as I have read this keeps them from straying too far from it's owners home.
hope this helps, someone may be looking for their bird

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