Red-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed HawkPhoto by Mark Rose

Scientific Name: Buteo jamaicensis

Red-tailed hawks play an important role in local ecosystems by helping to control the rodent and rabbit populations.

  • Size: Weight: 1.5 to 3.5 pounds; Length: 19 to 25 inches; Wingspan: 43 to 57 inches
  • Diet: Small mammals including mice, lemming and voles; small birds and reptiles
  • Habitat: Open woodlands, shrubby fields and urban areas
  • Range in the Wild: Western Alaska and northern Canada south into Panama

Conservation Status

Listed as Least Concern.

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