Red-shouldered Hawk

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 23 July 2012
Scientific Name
Buteo lineatus
  • Accipitriformes
  • Accipitridae
  • Buteo
  • B. lineatus
Birdorable Family
Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 16 November 2017)
LC
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Measurements
Units: Imperial / Metric
17 to 24 inches
37 to 44 inches
17 to 27 ounces

International Names

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