Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/53893

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Falconiformes
Family:Accipitridae
Genus:Buteo
Genus species:Buteo jamaicensis

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:46 cm
Identification:The red-tailed hawk has broad wings, a dark patagial mark on the underwings, and a brick red tail. The light morph includes a brown head, nape, back, and upperwings. The belly band is dark, and the underwings are white with dark edgings. The dark morph includes dark underparts, upperparts, and underwings. The undersides are pale of primary and secondary flight feathers.
Habitat:Deserts, forests, mountains
Diet:Carnivore: opportunistic; small mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds
Reproduction:One brood is produced each season. Nests are built out of twigs in a tree or cactus. The female lays 1-3 eggs which are incubated for 30-35 days. The chicks fledge at 45-46 days of age.
Behavior:Red-tailed hawks are very aggressive birds.
Status:No special status

Other Information

Geographic:North America Date:1975-05 Subjects:raptor
Red-tailed hawk
hawk-like bird
Buteo
Hawks
Accipitridae
Falconiformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata
Birds of prey
Predatory animals