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Red-Tailed Hawk (juvenile)

Buteo jamaicensis


The Red-tail is one of the the largest hawks, usually weighing between 2 and 4 pounds. As with most raptors, the female is nearly 1/3 larger than the male and may have a wing span of 56 inches. This species shows a great deal of individual variation in plumage. The adult has a rufous-colored tail that may or may not have a black terminal bar. Adults are dark brown on the back and the top of their wings. The underside of the bird is usually light with a dark belly band, and a cinnamon wash on the neck and chest. . Immatures resemble the adults except their tail is brown with dark bars; the red- tail molts in during its second year. The Red-tailed Hawk has hoarse and rasping 2- to 3-second scream that is most commonly heard while soaring. Most commonly reported prey types include mice, voles, chipmunks, ground squirrels, tree squirrels and woodchucks. Additional prey include rabbits, shrews, bats, snakes, waterfowl, fish, crustaceans and insects.


The Red-tailed Hawk is usually found in grasslands or marsh- shrub habitats, but is very adaptable bird, being equally at home in deserts and forests, and at varying heights above sea level. This was seen at a park.


This individual appears to be the "light" color form judging by it's light brown color.

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keithp2012 11 years ago

Finally added a video of it!

keithp2012 13 years ago


MitchRay 13 years ago

Looks good for a young Red-tailed to me

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New York, USA

Spotted on Apr 15, 2011
Submitted on Apr 15, 2011

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