Bird Details
Red-tailed Hawk
Color: Brown, Red
Size: 19"
Season: Year-round
Description: Adult has a red tail, light wing linings, brown back, and white front with a belly band of brown streaks. Juvenile has a brown barred tail. Darker or lighter individuals are occasionally found in winter. Some races are distinctive like the "Harlan's" Red-tailed Hawk, which lacks red on the tail even in adults. Consult a field guide for details.
Voice: The stereotypical hawk scream keeyaaar.
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Habitat: A wide variety of habitats from hardwood forest to farmland to urban areas.
Interesting Fact: This species' call is often played in movies during scenes showing any hawk, eagle, or even vulture.
Scientific name: Buteo jamaicensis
Order: Falconiformes
Family: Accipitridae

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Adult in flight
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Juvenile, note lack of red on the tail
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Juvenile in flight
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Adult Harlan's race, note dark wing linings and lack of red on tail
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