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 20 March 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
17 to 24 inches
37 to 44 inches
17 to 27 ounces

International Names

Chinese (汉语) 赤肩鵟
Czech (Cesky) káně páskovaná
Danish (Dansk) Rødskuldret Musvåge
Dutch (Nederlands) Roodschouderbuizerd
Finnish (Suomi) ruostehiirihaukka
French (Français) Buse à épaulettes
German (Deutsch) Rotschulterbussard
Italian (Italiano) Poiana spallerosse
Japanese (日本語) カタアカノスリ [kataakanosuri]
Norwegian (Norsk) Rødvingevåk
Polish (Polski) myszolów rdzawoskrzydly
Russian (русский язык) Красноплечий канюк
Spanish (Español) Busardo Hombrorrojo
Swedish (Svenska) Bandvingad vråk
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