RED-TAILED HAWK
(Buteo jamaicensis)

HABITAT: Red-tailed hawks reside in North and South America, and are found in diverse habitats such as grasslands,  forests, wetlands, meadows, cultivated areas, and even urban areas.

DIET: This bird of prey eats small mammals, birds, reptiles, fish and insects.  Red-tailed hawks hunt using elevated perch sites to spot prey before swooping down for a catch.

PREDATORS: Red-tailed hawk eggs are preyed upon by Great Horned Owls and Golden Eagles.

FUN FACT: Red-tailed hawks are monogamous, meaning that they only have one mate at a time.   Some pairs will remain mated for life. 

 

 

Photo by Rick Lewis