Creature Feature: Red-Tailed Hawk (Buteo Jamaicensis)
The Red-tailed Hawk is one of the most common hawks in North America. They are also one of the largest birds on the continent, with a large adult female weighing roughly 3 pounds. These birds have a highly variable diet, but they most often feed on small mammals such as rodents. They can live in a wide variety of habitats, such as deserts, forests, grasslands, and urban areas. In most cases, when you hear the cry of an eagle or hawk in a movie, no matter the species, you are hearing the distinctive scream of the Red-tailed Hawk.
Adults can be identified a few ways such as by their dark patagial mark, rusty red tail, dark iris, white “V” on back, “beefy” body shape, and they feathers don’t reach toes.