Red-tailed Hawk

Buteo jamaicensis

Preferring open country, the red-tailed hawk is often spotted atop telephone poles and tree branches alongside roads. From there, it can scan the ground below for small rodents or other prey. It also searches for prey as it soars high above on broad wings. A hawk’s eyesight is eight times better than our own.

Fact File

lengthLength: 1.5 to 2 feet
weightWeight: 1.5 to 3.5 lbs
life expectancyLife Expectancy: 10 to 20 years
wingspanWingspan: 4 to 4.5 ft
habitatHabitat: Fields, open woodlands, and scrubland
dietDiet: Mammels, birds & reptiles