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 ferruginous hawk

Scientific name: Buteo regalis

Habitat: grassland, shrub land, deserts

Diet: hares, rabbits, ground squirrels, prairie dogs, rodents

Life span: 15–20 years

Young: 3–4 eggs/clutch

Size: 980–1,500 g (2.2–3.3 lbs)

Ferruginous hawks are named for the Latin word "Ferrugo" meaning "rust" due to their red-brown coloured legs, backs and shoulders.

Ferruginous hawks are the largest of the North American hawks.

During the breeding season a pair (who breeds for life) will build a large nest, usually about 3 feet wide and 2 feet tall out of sticks, bones, animal hair and manure.

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Ferruginous hawk on Animal Diversity Web

Status in the Wild

Status: threatened

For More Information

Edmonton Valley Zoo

13315 Buena Vista Road (87th Avenue)
PO Box 2359
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2R7


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