White-tailed Hawk,  Buteo albicaudatus

Number of accepted White-tailed Hawk records for Louisiana = 21 as of August 2017



Accepted Records

One immature male (1888-01) on 18 November 1888, Calcasieu: Sabine Station; specimen (Tulane University No.2541, now LSUMZ No. 182650, ph on p. 3), collector unknown.

Photos of specimen by Steven W. Cardiff

One adult (1995-157) from 15 Dec. 1995-15 Jan. 1996, Jefferson Davis: near parish landfill 3 mi. NW of Welsh; Donna L. Dittmann, Steven W. Cardiff (ph), John P. Sevenair, and Phillip A. Wallace (FN 50(2):180; LOS 171).

One adult (1999-80) on 27 Nov and 11 Dec 1999 and probably the same bird (00-37) on 6-15 Jan 2000, Jefferson Davis: landfill on Landfill Road, approx. 3 mi. NW of I-10 Welsh exit; William R. Fontenot, John P. Sevenair, Michael A. Seymour (card only, ph taken 6 Jan) and Joseph P. Kleiman (card only). Noted as present to "at least 31 Jan" in NAB 54(2): 187. Different LBRC record numbers were assigned for the 1999 vs. 2000 dates, which presumably all pertain to the same individual; record No. 99-80 will take priority and the records will be filed together.

Photo and video by Paul Conover

One adult (2000-64) on 10 and 23 Dec 2000 and 6 Jan 2001, Jefferson Davis: landfill on Landfill Road, ca 3 mi. NW of I-10 Welsh exit; Phillip Wallace (ph taken 10 Dec), Joseph P. Kleiman; NAB 55(2): 180. This is presumably the same adult (LBRC 95-157) noted above and returning for its sixth winter.

The three records immediately above presumably involve the same individual first found as an adult at the same locality on 15 Dec 1995 (record No. 95-157; NASFN 50(2): 180, Dittmann et al. 1998). The bird was reported each fall-winter thereafter through 2000-2001 (review pending for Nov-Dec 1996; for 1997-1998 see record No. 1997-27; NASFN 51(1): 68, NASFN 51(3): 759), except for the 1998-99 season.

One immature (2001-7) on 13 Feb 2001, Jefferson Davis: landfill on Landfill Road, ca 3 mi. NW of I-10 Welsh exit; M. Mark Swan (ph); NAB 55(2): 180. The NAB reference implies that this immature and the above record (No. 00-64), as well as all previous records at this locality, pertains to "several convincingly described birds." However, the LBRC considers records of an adult at this locality as pertaining to a single individual present during the winter from late 1995 to early 2001. Therefore, record No. 01-7 is only the third accepted individual for Louisiana.

Video stills by Mark Swan

One second-year (2006-51) on 10 Dec 2006, Calcasieu: Hwy. 14 near Harrington Road, E of Holmwood; Paul E. Conover, Dave Patton (ph) and B. Mac Myers III (ph only); NAB61(2):280. This constitutes only the fourth well-documented individual found in Louisiana.

Photo by Dave Patton, video by Paul Conover

One adult (2006-052) on 10 December 2006, Cameron: Pine Pasture Rd.; Paul E. Conover.

One immature (2007-58) on 27 October - 12 November 2007, Cameron: Willow Island, Paul E. Conover (ph), Robert D. Purrington, Justin Bosler (ph), Donna L. Dittmann (ph only), James Beck (ph), and Gordon Bosler (ph only).

Photo by Paul Conover

One immature (2007-66) on 12 November 2007, Cameron: Willow Island; James Beck (ph); both this and the above bird were observed at the same time.

Photo by James Beck

One (2010-56) on 11 March 2010, Calcasieu: Fabacher Road between Gum Island Road and Hwy. 108; Thomas Finnie (ph).

Photo by Tom Finnie

One immature (2010-122) on 27 March 2010, Calcasieu: Fruge Rd.; Tommy Harold (ph).

Photo by Tommy Harold

One second year (2010-39) on 10 October 2010, Cameron: approximately 2 mi. W of Johnsons Bayou School, near landfill on S side Hwy. 82; Paul E. Conover (ph), James Beck (ph).

Photo and video by Paul Conover

One (2012-026) on 22 February-3 March 2012, se. Calcasieu: vicinity of Harris Road, near intersection of Sidney Derouen Road; Paul E. Conover (ph), Justin Bosler (ph), and David Ringer (ph).

Photo and video by Paul Conover

One sub-adult (2013-030) on 4 May 2013, Calcasieu: Friesen Road, W of Ward Line Road; Melvin Weber (ph).

Photo by Melvin Weber

One (2013-102) on 17 October 2013, Cameron: off Hwy. 82, approximately 5 mi. W town of Holly Beach; Devin Bosler (ph).

Photo by Devin Bosler

One adult (2013-058) on 1 December 2013, Calcasieu: approximately 2.5 mi. S of Iowa; Paul E. Conover (ph).

Photo by Paul Conover

One adult (2013-051) on 29 December 2013-11 January 2014: Calcasieu: Lake Charles, Hwy. 397, a few mi. S of I-10 at Chloe exit and just N of McNeese Street; Jeanie Pousson, Deanna Griggs (ph), and Billy Jones (ph).

Photo by Billy Jones

One immature (2014-034) on 25 April 2014, Cameron: ca 1 mi. E of LNG tanks off Hwy. 82 near Sabine Pass; Matthew Pontiff (ph) and Jay V. Huner.

Photo by Matthew Pontiff

One second year (2014-035) on 13 September 2014, Cameron: vicinity of Johnsons Bayou; Paul E. Conover (ph) and Dave Patton (ph only).

Photo by Dave Patton

One immature (2015-048) on 21 September 2015, Cameron: near mile marker 8 on Hwy. 82, ca 4 mi. W Johnsons Bayou; Paul E. Conover (ph).

Photo by Paul E. Conover

One second year (2016-009) on 30 January 2016 and presumably the same individual on 3 February 2016, Calcasieu: near intersection of Frugé and Nunez roads near Holmwood, first sighting at N30.091625°, W93.038086°; Katrina Hucks (ph) ; and Michael J. Musumeche (ph) . An additional report from 11 February, although possibly correctly identified, did not provide adequate support to extend the date range of this record.

Photo by Katrina Hucks

Unaccepted Records

One immature (85-13) four miles south of DeQuincy, Calcasieu Parish, on 19 March 1985.

One immature (2013-085) on 19 October 2013, Cameron: Hwy. 82, 200 m W mile marker 20. The observer did not provide enough detail to eliminate a Red-tailed Hawk.

Two ‘white morph’ adults (2011-018) on 21 March 2011, Jefferson Davis: north side of I-10 between mileposts 50-52. The observer provided too few details about the observation and the report had no actual description of the birds’ plumage or structure to support species identification. Although the observer indicated familiarity with raptor species, there was no discussion about how Red-tailed Hawk or any other Buteo species was eliminated from consideration.