The Red-tailed Hawk is the most common North American hawk. It is found in the most habitat throughout the continent and is very easy to spot. The Red-tailed Hawk can often be seen perching on the side of the road, adding to its conspicuousness. This species has five different races. The two most distinct races are the Krider's Red-tailed Hawk and the Harlan's Hawk. The Krider's Red-tailed Hawk has a much lighter tail which is a pale pink color. The Harlan's Hawk is a much darker morph and has a white tail. This race is very race and used to be considered a separate species. The Red-tailed Hawk can often be found searching for food such as medium sized mammals and reptiles. The Red-tailed Hawk most often nests in a tree, but will also use man-made birdhouses. Though this magnificent bird is common, populations are declining to to habitat loss and eggshell thinning as a result of the use of pesticides.
The tail of a juvenile Red-tailed Hawk is dark brown with a black band.
Direct with alternating wing beats and glides.
Calls or song.
keeeeer-r-r and p-s-s-s, kree-kree ree-e-e
Population and distribution.
Very common but may be declining due to habitat loss.
The Red-tailed Hawk nests on a platform and lays 2-3 white or blue eggs in April.