The Red-shouldered Hawk is a magnificent bird. It is known for keeping the same large territory for years and even passing territory down from generation to generation. The Red-shouldered Hawk can often be seen soaring above the trees, searching for prey. The Red-shouldered Hawk eats mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and large insects. The Red-shouldered Hawk stalks its prey from a perch and prefers to live near water and swamps. During breeding season, the Red-shouldered Hawk is monogamous and the pair nests in trees in a platform shaped nest. They lay 2-6 bluish eggs and raise them, raising only one brood per year. The Red-shouldered Hawk is fairly common, but some decline has been noted due to habitat loss and the use of pesticides.
Smaller than male.
Juvenile Red-shouldered Hawks have white chests and stomachs, spotted with brown. Their backs are dark brown with less white spotting than adults.
Direct with stiff, rapid wing beats. Soars on thermals.
Calls or song.
kee-ah or clee-u clee-u clee-u
Population and distribution.
The Red-shouldered Hawk nests in trees and lays 2-6 bluish eggs in February.