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Hawk (Red-tailed)

Buteo jamaicensis
Hawk (Red-tailed)

Range

They are found in Alaska through Canada and the U.S. down to Mexico.

Habitat

They are the most common hawk in North America. They like open country where they can hunt. They perch on top of tall signs or power poles to watch for prey.

Body Traits

They are more than 2 feet tall, dark on top and lighter underneath with a dark band across their chest. They have a wide, red tail with a dark stripe across the bottom. Males and females look alike.

Habits

They have a loud screaming call.

Diet

They eat small mammals.

Reproduction

They make a nest of sticks lined with twigs and bark in a tree or on a cliff. The female lays 1-5 white eggs with brown patches.

Hawk (Red-tailed)

Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vetebrata
Class: Aves
Order: Falconiformes
Family: Accipitridae
Subfamily: Accipitrinae
Genus: Buteo
Species: B. jamaicensis

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