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Red-shouldered Hawk

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About the Red-shouldered Hawk

Also known as: Chicken Hawk, Elegant Hawk, Hen Hawk, Red-shouldered Buzzard, Winter Hawk

The Red-shouldered Hawk is a medium-sized buteo native to eastern parts of North America. There is also a separate resident population located along the West Coast.

Adult Red-shouldered Hawks have brownish heads, reddish chests, and reddish bars along their pale bellies. They are named for the reddish patches found on their "shoulders."

Red-shouldered Hawks prefer a forest habitat. They build stick nests in trees and often hunt from a perched position onto prey items like lizards, snakes, and small mammals.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 23 July 2012
Scientific Name Buteo lineatus
  • Accipitriformes
  • Accipitridae
  • Buteo
  • B. lineatus
Birdorable Family Birds of Prey
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 15 July 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
17 to 24 inches
37 to 44 inches
17 to 27 ounces
Range North America United States (West) United States (East)

International Names

  • 赤肩鵟 (Chinese)
  • káně páskovaná (Czech)
  • Rødskuldret Musvåge (Danish)
  • Roodschouderbuizerd (Dutch)
  • ruostehiirihaukka (Finnish)
  • Buse à épaulettes (French)
  • Rotschulterbussard (German)
  • Poiana spallerosse (Italian)
  • カタアカノスリ [kataakanosuri] (Japanese)
  • Rødvingevåk (Norwegian)
  • myszolów rdzawoskrzydly (Polish)
  • Красноплечий канюк (Russian)
  • Busardo Hombrorrojo (Spanish)
  • Bandvingad vråk (Swedish)

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