The Red-tailed Hawk is our most widespread hawk in North America. It is a year-round resident in most of the United States and a summer visitor to all of Canada except the far north where there are no trees. It is often seen perching on utility poles along highways. Adults do have a reddish tail but beyond that, they can range from almost white to almost black. Here you see the most common plumage for a Red-tailed Hawk. The dark head, light belly and under side of the wings, and the dark bar on the front edge of the wings are typical. Birders usually refer to the dark streaks on the belly as a belly band. This photo was taken near our home in Northern Minnesota.