What kind of bird is this?

Hawk?

Hawk?

I saw this bird in my back yard in suburban Houston, Texas. Does anybody know what kind of bird it is? It was tormenting the Squirrels and Blue Jays.

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Feb 18, 2011
hawk
by: Anonymous

This could possibly be a Northern Goshawk (accipiter species)

Sep 17, 2010
Hawk or Falcon
by: Pat

Falcons are known for their "racing stripes" on their head in and around the eye area. I don't see striping in this photo.

Sep 13, 2010
hi
by: Anonymous

It looks too big to be a falcon. Could be a Red-tailed hawk.

Sep 12, 2010
Beautiful photo!
by: Anonymous

Isn't that one majestic bird. It is either a hawk or a falcon.
Possibilities are a Broad-winged Hawk, or a Peregrine Falcon.

A falcon is different from a hawk by their long wings, which are bent back at the wrist. They can also be distinguished by their call.

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