Red-tailed hawk

The red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) are North America's most common hawks. Red-tailed hawks are known for their brick-colored tails, but there are 14 subspecies of various colorations, and not all of them have this characteristic.


  • Where to see them: North America, parts of South America
  • Length: 18 to 26 in
  • Wingspan: 38 to 43
  • Weight: 24.3 to 51.5 oz
  • Lifespan: 21 yrs
  • Habitat: Deserts, grasslands, coniferous, tropical, and deciduous forests
  • Diet: Small mammals, birds, and reptiles
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