Red-tailed Hawk — Species Information
Red-tailed Hawk - © Lance Wilson
Red tails are one of the most commonly seen raptors in North America, they are also the most commonly heard raptor as well. In every commercial, tv show, or movie, the scream used as a sound effect is the scream of a redtail hawk- regardless of the bird being shown on the screen.
Most common large hawk, can be found in every U.S state and almost all habitats
Most juveniles have a barred, brown tail; the defining brick-red tail feathers appear in the second year
A generalist predator that hunts a wide variety of species, including reptiles, amphibians, rodents, and birds