Range. - North America, east of the Plains and from the southern parts of the British

Provinces southward; abundant and breeding throughout its range. This species is smaller than the Red-tailed and is not as powerfully built; length 19 inches.

The adults are handsomely barred beneath with reddish brown, giving the entire underparts a ruddy color. Like the last species, they rarely feed upon poultry, confining their diet chiefly to mice, rats, frogs, reptiles, etc. These Hawks nest in the larger growths of timber, usually building their nests high above the ground. The nest is of sticks, and lined with leaves, weeds and pieces of bark. They lay three or four eggs with a white ground color, variously blotched and spotted, either sparingly or heavily, with different shades of brown. Size 2.15 x 1.75. Data. - Kalamazoo, Michigan, April 25, 1898. Nest about 40 feet up in an oak tree; made of sticks and twigs and lined with bark. Four eggs. Collector, J. C. Holmes.

Red shouldered Hawk

Red-shouldered Hawk.

White

White.

339a. Florida Red-Shouldered Hawk. Buteo Lineatus Alleni

Range. - Florida and the Gulf coast; north to South Carolina. The nesting habits of this paler sub-species are precisely like those of the last species.

339a Florida Red Shouldered Hawk Buteo Lineatus Al 633339a Florida Red Shouldered Hawk Buteo Lineatus Al 634Geo. L. Fordyce NEST AND EGGS OF RED SHOULDERED HAWK

Geo. L. Fordyce NEST AND EGGS OF RED-SHOULDERED HAWK.

ring. Their nests are like those of the Red-shouldered variety, and almost always placed high up in the largest trees. The eggs are very similar, but average lighter in markings. Size 2.15 x 1.70. Data. - Diego, Cal., April 13, 1897. Nest in a sycamore 20 feet from ground, made of sticks, leaves and feathers.

339b. Red-Bellied Hawk. Buteo Lineatus Elegans

Range. - Pacific coast from British Columbia south to Lower California, chiefly west of the Rockies.

This variety is similar to, but darker than lineatus, and the underparts are a uniform reddish brown, without bar-

339b Red Bellied Hawk Buteo Lineatus Elegans 636

339b - 340

White

White.