rough-legged hawk

noun
variants: or rough-legged buzzard

Definition of rough-legged hawk

: a large circumpolar arctic hawk (Buteo lagopus) that winters southward and typically has a white tail with a wide black band or bands at the tip

Note: Rough-legged hawks hover in the air on beating wings to search tundra, marshes, and fields for rodents to prey on.

Examples of rough-legged hawk in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On Plum Island, there were 16 Northern shovelers, eight red-grebes, two rough-legged hawks, and a yellow-breasted chat. BostonGlobe.com, "Bird sightings - The Boston Globe," 23 Dec. 2019 There was a Northern shoveler at Winsegansett Avenue Marsh in Fairhaven, a rough-legged hawk at Mill Brook Wildlife Management Area in Freetown, and a continuing Eurasian wigeon at Broad Cove in Somerset. BostonGlobe.com, "Bird sightings," 19 Jan. 2020 At noon, a rough-legged hawk flew in and roosted on a high snag about 50 yards away, seemingly content to soak up the solar warmth. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: View from tree stand invokes optimism for 2020 in the Wisconsin outdoors," 1 Jan. 2020 Heavy October and November snows, along with frigid temperatures in the Northern Plains, have contributed to a modest influx of ferruginous and rough-legged hawks into Boulder County. The Know, "Grassland hawks driven into Boulder County by heavy snow," 4 Dec. 2019 During the 1980s and 1990s, wintering ferruginous and rough-legged hawks were considered fairly common on the plains of Boulder County. The Know, "Grassland hawks driven into Boulder County by heavy snow," 4 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of rough-legged hawk

1811, in the meaning defined above

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“Rough-legged hawk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rough-legged%20hawk. Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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