Swainson’s Hawk

(Buteo Swainsoni)

SwainsonsHawkThe Swainson’s Hawk holds the
distinction of being one of the
longest-distance migrants in the
world.  Each spring thousands
embark on a 5 to 10,000-mile
migration from wintering grounds
in Argentina and Uruguay to
breeding grounds in North
America.  Swainson’s Hawks nest
throughout the western United
States and Canada as far north as
Central Alaska.  They are a
threatened species in California
with only several hundred known
nesting pairs, concentrated in the
Central Valley.

The Swainson’s Hawk at the Randall Museum was hatched in 2011
in Utah but suffered a broken wing and was unable to undertake the
migration.  The calcified fracture has rendered him flightless.

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