• Wind Cave National Park - Two Worlds

    Wind Cave

    National Park South Dakota

Birds - Red-tailed Hawk

Red-Tailed Hawk - Buteo jamaicensis
Red-Tailed Hawk - Buteo jamaicensis
NPS Photo

Red-tailed Hawks have a dark mark along the leading edge of the under wing, between the body and the wrist. Most but not all color variations have a dark band across the belly. In most Red-tailed Hawks, the adults' tails are rusty red above, and juveniles have narrow brown and pale bands.

The length of the Red-tailed Hawk can be up to 22 inches and 50 inches in width.

Red-tailed Hawks have been seen along the Lookout Point Trail and the East Bison Flats Trail.

Did You Know?

Bull elk in the park.

A Rocky Mountain bull elk weighs between 700 - 800 pounds. Rocky Mountain elk were introduced to the park in 1914 and 1916. More...