Ferruginous Hawk — Species Information
Ferruginous Hawk - © Ned Harris
Ferruginous hawks have very small feet in comparison to the size of their body. This aids them in hunting burrowing mammals; they make a 'fist' and punch it into the dirt of a burrow, and pull out the animal. Ferruginous hawks are unusual among birds of prey for being very comfortable on the ground. They are some of the only raptors that will nest on the ground.
The largest hawk found in North America
Ferruginous hawks migrate south to Arizona in the fall
Hunts primarily rodent prey, especially prairie dogs