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Red Tail Hawk

Buteo jamaicensis


A male Red-Tailed Hawk may weigh from 690 to 1300 g (1.5 to 2.9 lb) and measure 45–56 cm (18 to 22 in), while a female can weigh between 900 and 2000 g (2 and 4.4 lb) and measure 48 to 65 cm (19 to 26 in) long; wingspan is about 114 to 133 cm (45 to 52 in). As is the case with many raptors the Red-tailed Hawk displays sexual dimorphism in size, as females are up to 25% larger than males.[3]


The Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) is a bird of prey, one of three species colloquially known in the United States as the "chickenhawk," though it rarely preys on standard sized chickens.[2] It breeds throughout most of North America, from western Alaska and northern Canada to as far south as Panama and the West Indies, and is one of the most common buteos in North America.


this pair of Red Tailed Hawks can be seen almost daily sitting atop the Turlington Building (also known as the Education Building) in Tallahassee Florida - gives a new meaning to "Higher Education"

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MaryEvans2 6 years ago

thank you kindly all :)

glbnoah109 6 years ago

The url for Urban Biodiversity is

glbnoah109 6 years ago

Very good notes. Nice series of photos. Good also to see the documentation on the size of the prey.

AndreaBonomi 6 years ago

Good series!

KarenL 6 years ago

Lovely series!
You should consider adding this to the Urban Biodiversity mission as well.

Tallahassee, Florida, USA

Lat: 30.44, Long: -84.28

Spotted on Jan 9, 2012
Submitted on Feb 3, 2012


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