Length: 17 – 24 inches
Wingspan: 36 – 50 inches
Weight: males 550gm, females 700 gm
This hawk has the typical broad tail and wings of a buteo. Male and female plumage is similar, with brown back, rufous-red shoulders and black and white banded wings. Also banded black and white. Immatures are brown above with lighter, streaked underparts.
population from southern Oregon to northern Baja California.