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Red-shouldered Hawk -
(Buteo lineatus)



  • Medium-sized bird of prey
  • Mottled dark above, with reddish
         shoulders (although not always visible)
  • Reddish below
  • Dark tail bands
  • Juvenile brown above, light below with
  • 15-19" (38-48 cm.)


  • Large tracts of mature forest near water
  • Floodplain forests

Additional Information

  • Uncommon migrant and summer resident
  • Wisconsin threatened species
  • More aquatic diet than most raptors
  • Occasionally found on the KVR

Red-shouldered Hawk standing on wooden fence rail

Red-shouldered hawk on ground among brush

Kickapoo Valley Reserve | S3661 State Highway 131 | La Farge, Wisconsin 54639 
Phone: 608-625-2960 | FAX: 608-625-2962

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