Red-tailed Hawk

Other Names: chickenhawk

Distribution: throughout North America and the Caribbean.

Red-tailed Hawk distribution range map

Description:

Size: 46-64 cm in length with a 110-145 cm wingspan, weighing 690-1160 g.

Plumage: Highly variable. Light-phase adults are tawny to chestnut overall with a brown-streaked white breast and rust-colored tail. Juveniles are generally duller and more streaked, lacking the rust-colored tail of the adult. The beak is yellow with a black tip and the legs and eyes are yellow.

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Red-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Bill Shape
hooked
Regions
alabama
alaska
alberta
arizona
arkansas
baja california
british columbia
california
caribbean
colorado
connecticut
cuba
delaware
district of columbia
florida
georgia
idaho
illinois
indiana
iowa
kansas
kentucky
labrador
louisiana
maine
manitoba
maryland
massachusetts
mexico
michigan
minnesota
mississippi
missouri
montana
nebraska
nevada
new brunswick
new foundland
new hampshire
new jersey
new mexico
new york
north carolina
north dakota
northwest territories
nova scotia
nunavut
ohio
oklahoma
ontario
oregon
pennsylvania
quebec
rhodeisland
saskatchewan
south carolina
south dakota
tennessee
texas
utah
vermont
virginia
washington
west virginia
wisconsin
wyoming
yucatan
yukon
Tail Shape
squared-tail
Wing Shape
broad-wings
Action
hopping
Markings
bold
crown
head
plain
Sounds
screeching
harsh song
Location
low perching
north in summer
Habitat
aerial
agricultural
chaparral
cliffs or boulders
fir forest
mesquitebosque
riparianorriverforest
savanna
shrubs
mountains
Deserts
Forests
Urban
Grasslands
Color
brown
yellow
Body Shape
hawk
Size
large
small
Order
birds of prey, raptors - falconiformes
kites, eagles and hawks - accipitridae
Conservation Status
Least Concern
Bird Species