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Birds - Red-tailed Hawk

Red-Tailed Hawk - Buteo jamaicensis
Red-Tailed Hawk - Buteo jamaicensis
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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?

Porcupine in tree

Porcupine babies are called porcupettes. When they are born they have 15,000 quills. Porcupettes are born in the spring and, lucky for mom, the quills are soft. They can climb trees within an hour of birth. More...