|Scientific name||Buteo jamaicensis|
|Length||18 to 26 inches (46 to 66 centimeters)|
|Weight||24-51 ounces (690-1,460 grams)|
|Wingspan||44.9 to 52.4 inches (114 to 133 centimeters)|
|Life span||25 years|
|Incubation||23 to 35 days|
|Number of eggs||1 to 5 eggs|
|Size at birth||2 ounces (57 grams)|
Built to fly
Red-tailed hawks are some of the biggest birds found in North America, yet they fly so easily. Even though they are nearly two feet long, they only weigh about 3 pounds! Other animals the size of the red-tailed hawk can weigh 10 times that amount. They prefer to soar instead of flapping their wings, but they can fly up to forty miles per hour (sixty-four kilometers per hour) when flapping.
Do Red-tailed Hawks mate for life?
A pair of red-tailed hawks mate for life. Occasionally, the pair will perform an aerial show of soaring high in the sky. The male will swoop and dive several times to impress the female. Then, the male will tap his foot on the female’s back, and both will dive back toward the ground at top speeds that can reach 120 miles per hour (190 kilometers per hour)! Sometimes they hold each other’s talons before parting just before thy hit the ground.
Voice of a star
The high-pitched scream of the red-tailed hawk is used as a sound effect in movies. Hollywood directors use this shrill cry as the sounds of eagles make very little noise, so movies use RTH screeching when they have an eagle on screen!
Come visit the zoo and listen to our hawk’s call. Can you name three movies where they use the voice of the red-tailed hawk?
Nesting red-tailed hawks build or claim nests in the tops of trees. They enjoy the open sky above and a wide few of the area around them. They are extremely secretive and will flee their nests if something disturbs them, threatens them, or causes suspicion.
Red-tailed hawks are least concern.
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