Red-tailed Hawk

(Buteo jamaicensis)
Red-tailed Hawk
A Red-tailed Hawk eludes an attacking Mockingbird near Lobos Creek.

Will Elder, NPS


Natural History: The Red-tailed Hawk can be seen soaring, perching, and pouncing on prey. It primarily forages in grasslands in the early morning and late afternoon. This hawk tends to roost in trees and creates nests of stick platforms typically in mature riparian habitats. This species is highly adaptable and defends its territory throughout the year. Breeding season runs from March through July.

General Distribution: This species is found in all areas of the Presidio, particularly in forested areas and annual grasslands. It breeds on the Presidio.

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Frequency: This species is common in the Presidio year round.

Identifying Characteristics: This bird can be noted by its large broad wings and streaks across its belly underside. It is variable in color, but the black adults usually have red tails.

Last updated: February 28, 2015

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