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Red-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

(Buteo jamaicensis)

Description

(wingspan:46’’-58’’) Red-tailed Hawks are the most common hawks in the country. They live in a wide variety of habitats and prefer open spaces. Their wings are broad and rounded. The adults have a rusty red tail and dark streaks on their belly. Juveniles have a dark tail with black bands.

 

Diet

Their diet is made up primarily of rodents but they will occasionally hunt rabbits, snakes, birds, and a variety of other prey animals.

Migration

These hawks can be found in Colorado year-round.

Breeding

Red-tailed Hawks will return to the same nesting grounds year after year. They typically have one brood per year with one to four eggs. Once the eggs hatch, the young will stay in the nest for about five to six weeks before they fledge.  

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