Red-shouldered Hawk

Other Names: none

Distribution: the eastern United States and northeastern Mexico, with a separate population in California.

Red-shouldered Hawk distribution range map

Description:

Size: 38-61 cm in length with a 90-127 cm wingspan, weighing 460-930 g.

Plumage: Dark brown above and buff below with white barring on dark wings, rusty shoulders, pale underparts barred with rust, and a narrowly banded tail. In flight a translucent area near the tip of the wing can be seen from below. Juveniles are generally streaked below. The legs are yellow, the beak is yellow with a black tip, and the eyes are brown.

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Red-shouldered Hawk

Red-shouldered Hawk

Bill Shape
hooked
Regions
alabama
arizona
arkansas
baja california
california
colorado
connecticut
delaware
district of columbia
florida
georgia
idaho
illinois
indiana
iowa
kansas
kentucky
louisiana
maine
manitoba
maryland
massachusetts
mexico
michigan
minnesota
mississippi
missouri
montana
nebraska
nevada
new brunswick
new hampshire
new jersey
new mexico
new york
north carolina
north dakota
nova scotia
ohio
oklahoma
ontario
oregon
pennsylvania
quebec
rhodeisland
south carolina
south dakota
tennessee
texas
utah
vermont
virginia
washington
west virginia
wisconsin
Tail Shape
squared-tail
Wing Shape
broad-wings
Action
hopping
Markings
head
plain
Sounds
screeching
harsh call
melodious
Location
high perching
low perching
north in summer
Habitat
aerial
riparianorriverforest
Forests
Color
brown
green
rust
Body Shape
hawk
Size
large
small
Order
birds of prey, raptors - falconiformes
kites, eagles and hawks - accipitridae
Conservation Status
Least Concern