Red-tailed Hawk

Order: Falconiformes
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Buteo
Species: jamaicensis

Gr. phalkon falcon
La. falcula, falcis small sickle (a reference to its talons)
La. forma form, shape, kind
iLa. accipere to grasp, take
La. accipiter hawk
La. -idae appearance, resemblance
iLa. buteo buzzard
La. jamaicensis for the Island of Jamaica

Brown crown, cheeks, and shoulders. Distinctive rusty red, broad, barred tail tipped with white and a narrow black band near its end.

Buff white underparts with heavy brown markings across the lower breast and on the flanks.

Painting of red-tailed hawks perched high on tree branches.
Red-tailed Hawks are the largest of the common American hawks, almost two feet long with a four foot wing span.
USGS map shows red-tailed hawks inhabit Canada and Alaska as far north as there are trees, throughout the lower 48 states.
Inhabits forests and groves in most of Canada and Alaska as far north as there are trees, throughout the lower 48 states, Central America and some Caribbean Islands. Northern hawks migrate short distances.
Soars high overhead in great spirals searching for prey occasionally emitting a weak distant high pitched whistle.

Suddenly lifting its wings above its back it shoots earthward like a meteor slowing with its outstretched wings in the last second before gripping its prey with talons.

Eats mice, rabbits, gophers and other small mammals, birds, reptiles, insects and crayfish.

In good seasons when flora thrive, so do rodents, and so then do hawks and owls.

Builds a nest high in trees, often more than 50 feet high, out of rather large sticks lined with smaller twigs, strips of bark, and its own feathers and sometimes used for many years.

Painting of a red-tailed hawk with rodent prey perched in a tree top in a mountain forest.
Their nests are usually near the tops of trees in forests near clearings, and groves in open country where they can observe broad areas from a high perch.

Lays two or three, sometimes four dull white irregularly marked eggs which hatch into helpless downy covered young after about four weeks incubation. They grow quite large, as large as the adults, before they fly out of the nest.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recommends a Square Platform 24 inches on each side mounted 14′ or higher for the Red-tailed Hawk (same as for the Great Horned Owl).

Assemble with corrosion resistant screws fit to pre-drilled countersunk pilot holes.

Mount 14′ or higher on a sturdy post or structure on a forest edge or in a clearing adjacent to the tree line.

Take great care with this heavy, tall project. Have have it constructed by professional trades workers.

Home            Birds             Birdhouses            Birdhouse Plans Index        Bird Forum

Red-tailed Hawk

Painting of red-tailed hawks perched high on tree branches.
Order: Falconiformes
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Buteo
Species: jamaicensis

Gr. phalkon falcon
La. falcula, falcis small sickle (a reference to its talons)
La. forma form, shape, kind
iLa. accipere to grasp, take
La. accipiter hawk
La. -idae appearance, resemblance
iLa. buteo buzzard
La. jamaicensis for the Island of Jamaica

Brown crown, cheeks, and shoulders. Distinctive rusty red, broad, barred tail tipped with white and a narrow black band near its end.

Buff white underparts with heavy brown markings across the lower breast and on the flanks.

Red-tailed Hawks are the largest of the common American hawks, almost two feet long with a four foot wing span.

USGS map shows red-tailed hawks inhabit Canada and Alaska as far north as there are trees, throughout the lower 48 states.
Inhabits forests and groves in most of Canada and Alaska as far north as there are trees, throughout the lower 48 states, Central America and some Caribbean Islands. Northern hawks migrate short distances.
Soars high overhead in great spirals searching for prey occasionally emitting a weak distant high pitched whistle.

Suddenly lifting its wings above its back it shoots earthward like a meteor slowing with its outstretched wings in the last second before gripping its prey with talons.

Painting of a red-tailed hawk with rodent prey perched in a tree top in a mountain forest.
Eats mice, rabbits, gophers and other small mammals, birds, reptiles, insects and crayfish.

In good seasons when flora thrive, so do rodents, and so then do hawks and owls.

Builds a nest high in trees, often more than 50 feet high, out of rather large sticks lined with smaller twigs, strips of bark, and its own feathers and sometimes used for many years.

Their nests are usually near the tops of trees in forests near clearings, and groves in open country where they can observe broad areas from a high perch.

Lays two or three, sometimes four dull white irregularly marked eggs which hatch into helpless downy covered young after about four weeks incubation. They grow quite large, as large as the adults, before they fly out of the nest.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recommends a Square Platform 24 inches on each side mounted 14′ or higher for the Red-tailed Hawk (same as for the Great Horned Owl).

Select to view or print plans for the Hawk, Owl, Osprey Platform
Assemble with corrosion resistant screws fit to pre-drilled countersunk pilot holes.

Mount 14′ or higher on a sturdy post or structure on a forest edge or in a clearing adjacent to the tree line.

Take great care with this heavy, tall project. Have have it constructed by professional trades workers.

Birds     |     Birdhouses     |     Plans     |     Forum

Birds      |      Birdhouses      |      Forum