Red-tailed Hawk

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 05 August 2007
Scientific Name
Buteo jamaicensis
  • Falconiformes
  • Accipitridae
  • Buteo
  • B. jamaicensis
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 7 April 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
20 to 26 inches


International Names

Chinese (汉语) 红尾鵟
Czech (Cesky) Káně Rudochvostá
Danish (Dansk) Rødhalet Våge
Dutch (Nederlands) Roodstaartbuizerd
Finnish (Suomi) Amerikanhiirihaukka
French (Français) Buse à Queue Rousse
German (Deutsch) Rotschwanzbussard
Italian (Italiano) Falco Coda Rossa
Japanese (日本語) アカオノスリ (Akaonosuri)
Norwegian (Norsk) Rødhalevåk
Polish (Polski) Myszolów Rdzawosterny
Russian (русский язык) Канюк ямайский или краснохвостый
Spanish (Español) Ratonero de Cola Roja / Gavilán Colirrojo
Swedish (Svenska) Rödstjärtad vråk
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