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Red-tailed Hawk

Buteo jamaicensis
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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.




Cliffs / boulders


Fir forest


Mesquite bosque

Riparian / River forest



Bird Sound Type: Screeching
Sex of Bird: Male
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Bibliographic details:

  • Article: Red-tailed Hawk
  • Author(s): Dr. Biology
  • Publisher: Arizona State University School of Life Sciences Ask A Biologist
  • Site name: ASU - Ask A Biologist
  • Date published: July 13, 2017
  • Date accessed: June 13, 2024
  • Link: https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/red-tailed-hawk

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Dr. Biology. (2017, July 13). Red-tailed Hawk. ASU - Ask A Biologist. Retrieved June 13, 2024 from https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/red-tailed-hawk

American Psychological Association. For more info, see http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/10/

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Dr. Biology. "Red-tailed Hawk". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 13 July, 2017. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/red-tailed-hawk

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Dr. Biology. "Red-tailed Hawk". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 13 Jul 2017. ASU - Ask A Biologist, Web. 13 Jun 2024. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/red-tailed-hawk

Modern Language Association, 7th Ed. For more info, see http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/08/
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