The light phase Swainson's Hawk was photographed at Freezout Lake Wildlife Management Area in Montana

The light phase Swainson’s Hawk was photographed at Freezout Lake Wildlife Management Area in Montana

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This Swainson’s Hawk is a light phase brown above with a tan breast band and white face, and a narrow gray-banded rounded tail often ending in white. It has a range of northwestern North America to northern Mexico, mostly western. It has a habitat of plains, range, and open hills, sparse trees. Usually soars over the grassland, or by perching and scanning the ground.

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