Scientific name: Buteo jamaicensis
Habitat: woodlots surrounded by open fields
Diet: mainly small mammals; also birds, insects, reptiles
Life span: 23 years (29 years in captivity)
Young: 1-5 eggs/clutch
Size: female 750 g (1.65 lbs); male 1,500 g (3.3 lbs)
The red-tailed is the most common hawk found in North America.
When hunting, this hawk will perch on a branch or power pole to search for its prey. It has excellent eyesight and can spot prey at great distances.
The high pitched screech of the red-tailed hawk is often used in movie soundtracks.
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