Zone-tailed Hawk,  Buteo albonotatus

Number of accepted Zone-tailed Hawk records for Louisiana = 1 as of June 2015

Accepted Records

An adult (84-33) at Violet, St. Bernard Parish, on 23 December 1984 (Tristan Davis, Nancy Newfield, Dan Purrington). The bird was weak when discovered and was captured by hand the following day after having been seen by many observers. The captive bird was taken to the Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center, Audubon Park Zoo in New Orleans, where it died of unknown causes on 15 March 1985 (LSUMZ 122218). There is no indication that the bird had previously been in captivity; Zone-tailed Hawks are probably rarely kept anywhere. This remarkable record is the first for the species for Louisiana, and one of the very few for anywhere east of central Texas.

Unaccepted Records

One immature (2012-147) on 28 October 2012, Orleans: New Orleans, Bayou Sauvage NWR, Recovery Rd. A potential second state occurrence, but hard-evidence was lacking and the description did not decisively exclude superficially similar species.