Red-tailed Hawk

The red-tail is the most commonly seen bird of prey in North America. It may also be the most commonly heard. The raspy scream of the red-tail is used in movies and on television for any bird of prey including the eagle.

85-90% of this hawk's diet is rodents, like rats and mice, making it an important ally to humans. Mated pairs of red-tails have been seen hunting cooperatively with one bird chasing the prey toward its waiting mate.

Central America
North America

At A Glance

Habitat

Scrub desert, plains, grasslands, woodlands, rainforests, urban and suburban areas

Diet

Small mammals, reptiles and birds

Location

North and Central America