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Red-tailed Hawk - (Buteo jamaicensis) 



  • Large raptor
  • Brown above, light below
  • Some have spotted belly band
  • Adults have rusty red tail
  • Juveniles have dark banded tail
  • Plumage is variable
  • 22" (56 cm.)


  • Open country
  • Forest edges

Additional Information

  • Common migrant, common permanent resident
  • Often seen soaring
  • Hunts from a perch,--utility pole or tree branch

Comparable Species

  • Broad-winged Hawk
  • Rough-legged Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk on ground, clearly showing red tail feathers

Juvenile Red-tailed Hawk perched on metal railing 


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

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