Red-shouldered Hawk

Buteo lineatus

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Basic Information

Order

Accipitriformes

Family

Accipitridae

Size

Red and shouldered Hawks are generally between 16.75 and 24.25 inches in length.

Lifespan

up to 20 years

Weight

Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus) facts, habitat, range, hawk pictures and bird watching tips to help you identify the bird of prey.

Diet

Red-shouldered Hawks eat small mammals, reptiles, amphibians and every now and again other birds.

Behavior

Soaring

Range

Eastern U.S., Southern Pacific Coast

Nest Placement

Tree

Number of Offspring

2–4 Eggs

Egg Description

Off white with brown blotches

Condition at Hatching

Down covered

Social Status

Solitary, Flocks

Wingspan

36.75–43.75 in

What does the Red-shouldered Hawk look like?

Red-shouldered Hawks are medium sized birds of prey. They have broad round wings and medium length tails. Adults are dark brown with white markings on the wings, reddish orange barring on the breasts, black tails with thin white bands and long slender yellow legs.

Red-shouldered Hawk Habitat

Forests

Red-shouldered Hawk Facts

Red-shouldered Hawks are common birds of prey in the eastern United States. They also have a population along the California coast. They prefer swampy forests that allow them to hunt frogs and snakes, however they also indulge on insects and small mammals. There are five subspecies of Red-shouldered Hawks. While still listed as a species of least concern, their numbers have dropped considerably with the clearing for mature forests. They return to the same nesting territory yearly, making them very susceptible to habitat loss. Great-horned Owls and Crows often raid Red-shouldered Hawks nests.

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