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Red-tailed Hawk

Buteo jamaicensis

Red-tailed Hawk
copyright Robert Shantz
Length: 19 in. (48 cm)
One of the most common and obvious hawks in North America, Red-tailed Hawks are found in open habitat, fields, and desert areas with a few trees. This species eats small mammals, frogs, fish and occasionally rotting animals. Its huge nest is made of sticks and twigs and located high in an isolated tree. Individuals show tremendous variation in body color from black to brown and pale, but the tail of adults is almost always reddish. The four-digit banding code is RTHA.

Aerial
Aerial

Chaparral
Chaparral

Desert
Desert

Fir forest
Fir forest

Grasslands
Grasslands

Riparian / River forest
Riparian / River forest

Shrubs
Shrubs

Urban city
Urban city

Agricultural
Agricultural

Savanna
Savanna

Mesquite bosque
Mesquite bosque

Cliffs / boulders
Cliffs / boulders

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Male
Screeching (sound type)
Bird Call
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Male
Screeching (sound type)
Bird Call

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