They are found in Alaska through Canada and the U.S. down to Mexico.
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.
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.
They have a loud screaming call.
They eat small mammals.
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.
Species: B. jamaicensis
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