Red-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk


Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)

The red-tailed hawk is one of the most common and widespread hawks in North America. It can be found year-round in the Sonoran Desert. Although they are named for the rusty-red tail feathers most adults have, their plumage colors are extremely variable. Some red-tailed hawks are rufous or almost completely black, while others can be mostly white.

Length: 19 in. Wingspan: 49 in.

Diet: Mostly rodents, rabbits

Last updated: February 24, 2015

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