Variable Hawk, Buteo polyosoma


Variable Hawk+
Very distant shot of this common hawk,
photographed in the high tundra (paramo) outside
Quito. Aptly named, the species is unusually
variable in appearance. Above is an adult pale-
morph bird, as shown by the faintly barred
white underparts. The brown with hints of
rufous on the barely visible upperparts marks
the bird as a female; a male would be gray
above.