Hawks and Eagles (Accipitridae)

Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus) - HBW 2, p. 179

French: Buse à épaulettes German: Rotschulterbussard Spanish: Busardo Hombrorrojo
Other common names: Red-shouldered Buzzard, Red-bellied Hawk

Taxonomy: Falco lineatus Gmelin, 1788, Long Island, New York.
Sometimes placed in Asturina. Apparently close to B. ridgwayi, B. magnirostris and, to lesser extent, B. nitidus. Five subspecies normally recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • elegans Cassin, 1856 - S Oregon (NW USA) to N Baja California (Mexico).
  • lineatus (Gmelin, 1788) - E North America, from S Canada to C USA.
  • texanus Bishop, 1912 - S Texas (USA) to Veracruz (CE Mexico).

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  • elegans Cassin, 1856 - S Oregon (NW USA) to N Baja California (Mexico).
  • lineatus (Gmelin, 1788) - E North America, from S Canada to C USA.
  • texanus Bishop, 1912 - S Texas (USA) to Veracruz (CE Mexico).
  • alleni Ridgway, 1885 - SC Texas to South Carolina and N Florida.
  • extimus Bangs, 1920 - Florida and Florida Keys.