Sitka- Sitka, a male red-tailed hawk, is an Alaskan subspecies. Alaskan red-tailed hawks have darker plumage to blend in with evergreen and boreal forests. Sitka came to the ABEF in 2010 from the Alaska Raptor Center in Sitka, his namesake. He has a disability in his right wing from a fracture that did not heal properly.
The eyes of red-tailed hawks typically change from light to dark as the bird ages. Sitka's eyes remained light after his adult plumage came in and took longer than usual to become the rich brown that you see now. He can often be seen sitting in high windows enjoying the sun or heard making raspy calls.