Scientific name: Buteo regalis
Habitat: grassland, shrub land, deserts
Diet: hares, rabbits, ground squirrels, prairie dogs, rodents
Life span: 15–20 years
Young: 3–4 eggs/clutch
Size: 980–1,500 g (2.2–3.3 lbs)
Ferruginous hawks are named for the Latin word "Ferrugo" meaning "rust" due to their red-brown coloured legs, backs and shoulders.
Ferruginous hawks are the largest of the North American hawks.
During the breeding season a pair (who breeds for life) will build a large nest, usually about 3 feet wide and 2 feet tall out of sticks, bones, animal hair and manure.
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