Red Tailed Hawk - Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

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Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)

Bird, Urban Adapter

  • Year-round range is throughout nearly all of the United States
  • Large, common hawk with brownish feathering on head and back and light-colored feathering on chest and belly, with a band of brownish feathers across chest. Tail feathers are reddish-brown on top and white underneath.
  • Habitat includes open areas interspersed with wooded areas.
  • Carnivore, eating small- to medium-sized mammals, reptiles, and birds