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red-tailed hawk

Scientific name: Buteo jamaicensis

Habitat: woodlots surrounded by open fields

Diet: mainly small mammals; also birds, insects, reptiles

Life span: 23 years (29 years in captivity)

Young: 1-5 eggs/clutch

Size: female 750 g (1.65 lbs); male 1,500 g (3.3 lbs)

The red-tailed is the most common hawk found in North America.

When hunting, this hawk will perch on a branch or power pole to search for its prey. It has excellent eyesight and can spot prey at great distances.

The high pitched screech of the red-tailed hawk is often used in movie soundtracks.

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Red-tailed hawk on Animal Diversity Web


Range: North and Central America

Status in the Wild

Status: thriving

For More Information

Edmonton Valley Zoo

13315 Buena Vista Road (87th Avenue)
PO Box 2359
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2R7


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