Beauty is a resident Harlan’s Hawk, a subspecies of Red-Tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis), at Wildlife Images rehabilitation and education center. She is a one of a kind white-morph, a rare color mutation, making her a one in a million bird.
After she flew into a building she was brought into Wildlife Images for rehabilitation. She was treated, released, and then flew into the same building again a week later. A more thorough examination revealed that she is blind in her right eye and has only limited vision in her left.
Red Tailed Hawks are one of the most common hawks in North America. It occupies a wide range of habitat including deserts, grasslands, coniferous and deciduous forests, agricultural fields and urban areas. While the species is often referred to as chicken hawks, they rarely prey on full sized chickens and instead prefer their natural prey such as mice and rabbits.
Want to hear what red tailed-hawks sound like in the wild? Check out: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Red-tailed_Hawk/sounds