Chilean Buteo~

Who’s fixed his fine eyes on you?

A Chilean buteo, thats who!


Buteo is a general term that includes all gliding raptors. This guy came to call and stayed with me for a spell, in Valparaiso Chile.

I think, but am not sure, that he is a Swainson Hawk.


He might also be a Rufous Tailed Hawk, which is a rarer, southern version, of the North American Red Tailed Hawk. The rufous is a threatened species.

If anyone can help with identification, I would be most grateful and will post the clarification.

All I know is that he is a gorgeous buteo from Chile who hung out with me much closer and longer than Holler hawks ever do!

Cheers to you from Chile’s friendly hawks~

166 thoughts on “Chilean Buteo~

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  2. OM Gosh Cindy, these photos are just so beautiful! Sorry I can’t help you with the ID, but if he’s a Red Tail Hawk he looks a bit different than those in Michigan, my home state. In any case, a beautiful bird! 😎🙏🏻

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    • The rufous is the South American counterpart of our North American red tail. It is a threatened species. I am leaning towards Swainson in the ID, but am still not at all sure. Thanks for your input and glad you live in the company of hawks.

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  3. I’m not a hawk expert, Cindy, but my guess would be a Cooper’s hawk because of the dark brown top of the head and the narrow tip of white on the end of the tail feathers. The breast feathers don’t seem right for a Swainson’s. The closest other one would be the sharp-shinned, but the white tip of the tail precludes that. So, being only able to see the back and side of the bird, that would be my guess. Great shots of this bird. How nice of him to stand still for you.

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  4. What an amazing encounter! The body and face shape of this buteo reminds me very much of a red-tailed hawk; in fact, I’d say that this bird most strikes me as a darker version of a red-tailed hawk. So, I’m leaning towards rufous-tailed hawk, although I’m not an expert on this matter at all.

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  5. Thank you for posting the pictures of the Chilean Buteo, they resemble the hawks I came into contact at a very early age, we were scared of them, the way they dove down and took our cute chicken still makes me afraid. 🙂

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  6. What a beauty! I admire your ability to catch these critters at the right time, in all their displayed splendor. This one looks as if he wished he had a camera, too, and could snap photos of YOU, ha!

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