One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A common North American buzzard having reddish-brown shoulders and dark wings with white spots.
Buteo lineatus, family Accipitridae
- ‘Red-tailed hawks, red-shouldered hawks, and American crows often fly over my yard and out over the canyon.’
- ‘In addition to the frequent loud ‘jay, yay, jay’ they make a fair copy of the scream of a red-shouldered hawk, other harsh notes and growls, also bell-like calls and melodious whistles when courting.’
- ‘In this corner, dressed in 80-foot pines and graced by six species of woodpeckers, red-shouldered hawks, blue-winged vireos and 76 other species of birds, is Mother Nature.’
- ‘I know blue jays can be trained to talk and mimic just about any bird, but I had only heard them mimic red-shouldered hawks and broad-winged hawks in the wild before.’
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