Red-shouldered Hawk Photo Gallery
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
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.