The Red-Tailed Hawk is quite common in southeast Arizona. Easily identifiable by its dark head, light colored breast, light markings on the back as they are perched. The exception is the dark morph that is a solid dark color as you can see below. When they fly the red tail is quite obvious. Almost all Red-Tailed hawks we have seen have been on the top of poles or the cross bars unlike the Swainson's Hawk that seems to like to perch on the wire.