Range. - North America, west of the Mississippi, breeding from the latitude of Colorado north to the Saskatchewan region.
This species nests very abundantly along our northern states, particularly in Dakota. It is a larger bird than the preceding and can easily be told by its reddish coloration, particularly on the shoulders and tibia. While in some localities they nest only in trees, the greater number appear to build their nests on the ground or rocky ledges, making a large heap of sticks, weeds and grass. Their three or four eggs are white, beautifully spotted and blotched, in endless variety, with various shades of brown. Size 2.60 x 2.00. Data. - Stark Co., N. D., April 29, 1900. Nest built of coarse sticks on a clay butte.