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Evita, Swainson's Hawk
Updated 9/11/2017 10:05:01 AM 

Evita, the Swainson's Hawk Buteo swainsoni

Swainson's Hawks are part of the Accipitridae family in the order Accipitriformes. Click here to learn more...

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Evita Evita the dark phase Swainson’s Hawk joined us in December 2004.

This youngster suffered from a wing break after fledging near Dillon, Montana. She came to us darkly streaked (left photo) and molted into a charcoal dark bird in adult plumage the following year. She has a bit of white above her beak and light bands on the tail, a beauty. Her debut program was as the adopted mascot of the Hellgate Elementary School in Missoula.

Evita shares an enclosure with Otto the Rough-legged Hawk and they get along wonderfully. Rough-legs migrate from Alaska and Canada to the lower 48 states in the winter. Swainson's Hawks are also highly migratory. They breed mostly east of the divide in our state, then fly to Argentina for the winter. So these two hawk species would probably never occur together in the wild. With her connection to Argentina, board member Deborah Richie came up with the name Evita. She is a gorgeous bird, and a portrait of her is on the IAATE website as the winner of their photography competition.

  • Date Acquired: 12/14/2004

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