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Red-tailed Hawk

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About the Red-tailed Hawk

Also known as: Buzzard Hawk, Red Hawk

The Red-tailed Hawk is a large bird of prey which breeds from western Alaska and northern Canada to Panama and the West Indies. Males are typically smaller than females. Red-tailed Hawks have extremely good eyesight and can often be seen trees watching for the slightest movement in the grass below.

A famous Red-tailed Hawk is Pale Male, who live in New York's Central Park.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 05 August 2007
Scientific Name Buteo jamaicensis
  • Falconiformes
  • Accipitridae
  • Buteo
  • B. jamaicensis
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 28 July 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
20 to 26 inches
Range North America Central America Caribbean South America

International Names

  • 红尾鵟 (Chinese)
  • Káně Rudochvostá (Czech)
  • Rødhalet Våge (Danish)
  • Roodstaartbuizerd (Dutch)
  • Amerikanhiirihaukka (Finnish)
  • Buse à Queue Rousse (French)
  • Rotschwanzbussard (German)
  • Falco Coda Rossa (Italian)
  • アカオノスリ (Akaonosuri) (Japanese)
  • Rødhalevåk (Norwegian)
  • Myszolów Rdzawosterny (Polish)
  • Канюк ямайский или краснохвостый (Russian)
  • Ratonero de Cola Roja / Gavilán Colirrojo (Spanish)
  • Rödstjärtad vråk (Swedish)

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