The White-tailed Hawk is a bird of prey found in the tropics or sub-tropical habitats in North, Central and South America. This species of raptor is a resident across its range; it does not generally migrate.
White-tailed Hawks in adult plumage have grey upperparts and white underparts. There is a prominent reddish shoulder patch on the wings; the bird is named for its white tail, which has a black band on the end.
White-tailed Hawks are fierce predators who often hunt by hovering in the air and searching for prey. They hunt a variety of prey items, including rabbits, large insects, snakes, and rats. Opportunistic feeders, they will also eat carrion.