Red-tailed Hawk

Buteo jamaicensis

Order

FALCONIFORMES

Family

Kites, Eagles and Hawks (Accipitridae)

Code 4

RTHA

Code 6

BUTJAM

ITIS

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HEAD

Red-tailed Hawk Head Illustration
  • Bill Shape: Hooked
  • Eye Color: Yellow in young birds, grading to brown in older birds
  • Head Pattern: Streaked
  • Crown Color: Dark Brown
  • Forehead Color: Dark Brown
  • Nape Color: Dark Brown
  • Throat Color: Dark Brown
  • Cere color: Yellow

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BODY

Red-tailed Hawk Body Illustration
  • Length Range: 48-64 cm (19-25 in)
  • Weight: 1043 g (36.8 oz)
  • Size: Large (16 - 32 in)
  • Color Primary: Brown
  • Underparts: Pale with dark belly band.
  • Upperparts: Dark Brown
  • Back Pattern: Spotted or speckled, Mottled
  • Belly Pattern: Striped or streaked
  • Breast Pattern: Solid

FLIGHT

Red-tailed Hawk Flight Illustration
  • Flight Pattern: Soars on thermals., Several rapid strong wing beats followed by glide., Sometimes hangs on updrafts.
  • Wingspan Range: 117-147 cm (46-58 in)
  • Wing Shape: Broad-Wings
  • Tail Shape: Squared Tail
  • Tail Pattern: Little or no banding.
  • Upper Tail: Red with black terminal band.
  • Under Tail: White
  • Leg Color: Yellow
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