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Red-tailed Hawk v Osprey
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Red-tailed Hawk - Buteo jamaicensis
The Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) is a bird of prey, one of three species colloquially known in the United States as the "chickenhawk," though it rarely preys on standard sized chickens. It breeds throughout most of North America, from western Alaska and northern Canada to as far south as Panama and the West Indies, and is one of the most common buteos in North America. Red-tailed Hawks can acclimate to all the biomes within its range. There are fourteen recognized subspecies, which vary in appearance and range. It is one of the largest members of the genus Buteo in North America. A male Red-Tailed Hawk may weigh from 690 to 1300 g (1.5 to 2.9 lb) and measure 45–56 cm (18 to 22 in), while a female can weigh between 900 and 2000 g (2 and 4.4 lb) and measure 48 to 65 cm (19 to 26 in) long; wingspan is about 114 to 133 cm (45 to 52 in). As is the case with many raptors the Red-tailed Hawk displays sexual dimorphism in size, as females are up to 25% larger than males. The Red-tailed Hawk is carnivorous, and an opportunistic feeder. Its diet is mainly small mammals, but it also includes birds and reptiles. Prey varies with regional and seasonal availability, but usually centers on rodents, comprising up to 85% of a hawk's diet. Most commonly reported prey types include mice, voles, chipmunks, ground squirrels, tree squirrels and woodchucks.

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Osprey - Pandion haliaetus
The osprey (Pandion haliaetus), sometimes known as the fish eagle, sea hawk, river hawk, or fish hawk, is a diurnal, fish-eating bird of prey. It is a large raptor, reaching more than 60 cm (24 in) in length and 180 cm (71 in) across the wings. It is brown on the upperparts and predominantly greyish on the head and underparts. The osprey tolerates a wide variety of habitats, nesting in any location near a body of water providing an adequate food supply. It is found on all continents except Antarctica, although in South America it occurs only as a non-breeding migrant. As its other common name suggests, the osprey's diet consists almost exclusively of fish. It possesses specialised physical characteristics and exhibits unique behaviour to assist in hunting and catching prey. As a result of these unique characteristics, it has been given its own taxonomic genus, Pandion and family, Pandionidae. Despite its propensity to nest near water, the osprey is not classed as a sea eagle. The osprey is 0.9–2.1 kg (2.0–4.6 lb) in weight and 50–66 cm (20–26 in) in length with a 127–180 cm (50–71 in) wingspan. It is, thus, of similar size to the largest members of the Buteo or Falco genera. The subspecies are fairly close in size, with the nominate subspecies averaging 1.53 kg (3.4 lb), P. h. carolinensis averaging 1.7 kg (3.7 lb) and P. h. cristatus averaging 1.25 kg (2.8 lb).

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(05-17-2019, 06:55 PM)OldGreenVulture Wrote: Red tailed hawk vs Osprey.
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Booted eagle like the golden eagle have stronger feet and talons than the bald eagle. Would a red tailed hawk have a stronger grip with its feet?
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I'd take the hawk. It's a bit bigger, and I'm betting it has stronger talons, needing them to be since they are killing mammals most of the time, while the Osprey is grabbing fish, although I could be wrong. I'm also thinking the hawk is faster and more maneuverable in the air.
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(05-18-2019, 03:06 PM)Brogan Wrote: I'd take the hawk.  It's a bit bigger, and I'm betting it has stronger talons, needing them to be since they are killing mammals most of the time, while the Osprey is grabbing fish, although I could be wrong.  I'm also thinking the hawk is faster and more maneuverable in the air.

I agree with most of what you say except the red tailed hawk being more maneuverable. I believe they are both equally maneuverable. The goshawk being a jungle dweller is the most maneuverable.
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Ospreys have "larger and longer-winged than a Red-tailed Hawk"
Osprey Identification, All About Birds, Cornell Lab of Ornithologyhttps://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Osprey/id

Which may be an advantage.

Here's a good pic one them fighting over a fish:

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The osprey probably caught the fish and the red tailed hawk is trying to rob the former. More pictures:

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Red Tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) Being Harassed by an Osprey

Red tailed hawk perched in a tree when an osprey swoops down to attack him, obviously upset with him being in his area at Elizabeth Morton Wildlife Preserve, Long Island, NY.

https://www.gettyimages.com.au/detail/ph.../640244794
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Great pic! I do think the Red-tailed Hawk would win however.
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osprey claws.
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Red tailed claw
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(05-18-2019, 08:59 PM)Taipan Wrote: Great pic! I do think the Red-tailed Hawk would win however.

I do think red tail hawk win due to better fighting and hunting experience.
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