Red- Tailed Hawk

Creature Features

 Description                                                                                                                                                                                              The red-tailed hawk is a medium-sized bird of prey know as a raptor. They have long, broad wings and short, wide tails with reddish brown color. Juveniles lack the red tail. 

Call                                                                                                                                                                                                               Their call is a raspy, scraping, screamed “kree-eee-ar.” The raspy cry of the red-tailed hawk is used in movies to represent any eagle or hawk.

Diet                                                                                                                                                                                                         Red-tailed hawks eat small mammals, including rodents and rabbits.

Nesting                                                                                                                                                                                                   Both adults help incubate the eggs. The female stays on the nest and broods the young for the first 30 to 35 days after they hatch. The male brings food to the female to feed the young. After 42 to 46 days, the young leave the nest, but they can’t fly for another 2 to 3 weeks.

Fun Facts 

  • Other Names: Chicken Hawk
  • Scientific Name: Buteo jamaicensis
  • Conservation Status: Least concern
  • Lifespan: 21 years
  • Body Length: Body- 18 to 26 inches; Wingspan- 38 to 43 inches
  • Weight: 24.3 to 51.5 ounces
  • Incubation: 28 to 32 days
  • Clutch Size: 2 to 3 eggs
  • Habitat: Deserts, grasslands, forests, agricultural fields and urban areas
  • Distribution: The red-tail hawk is one of the most widely distributed hawks in the Americas.

Did You Know?

  • Red-tailed hawks will steal prey from other raptors.
  • Red-tailed hawks mate for life.
  • They fly and search for their prey from the sky.
  • Their eyesight is so advanced that they are able to see a small rodent on the ground, even when it is 100 feet below them.