Red-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk
Buteo jamaicensis


CLASS
Aves
ORDER
Falconiformes
FAMILY
Accipitridae

Range

Across North America, in Central America, and in the West Indies


Habitat

Open country, scrub, woodlands, rocky canyons, forests, prairies, and deserts


Diet

Small mammals and birds; also snakes and carrion

Weight

2.4 - 3.3 lbs.

Body Length

18 - 22 in.

Wingspan

47 - 56 in.

Incubation

28 to 35 days

Clutch

Usually 2 - 3 eggs

IUCN Status

Least Concern

Facts

  • They will swoop down to grab birds in flight, but most often fly from a perch, then glide and snatch their prey from the ground.
  • When diving these birds may exceed 120 mph!
  • They excellent vision allows them to see colors, like most humans can, as well as the ultraviolet range. This means that the hawks can perceive colors that humans cannot see.
  • These predators have a clear inner lid, called anictitating membrane, which cleans the eye and protects it while the hawk is wrestling with its prey.
  • Their brick-red tails appear after the second year molt.

 

Conservation

Common, but vulnerable to hunters, loss of habitat, environmental toxins, and collisions with vehicles.

Red-tails and all birds of prey are protected under the U.S Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

Least Concern

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Address

Alexandria Zoo
3016 Masonic Drive
Alexandria, LA 71301
P: (318) 441-6810

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