• Open daily 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Grounds close at 4 p.m.

RED-TAILED HAWK

(Buteo jamiacensis)

The Zoo is home to one male and one female red-tailed hawk. Eric was born in 1992 and arrived at the Zoo in 2011. A female, born in 2011, was introduced in May 2014. The red-tailed hawk is a medium-sized bird of prey. Their head is distinguished by a hooked beak and supraorbital ridge over the eyes.

ABOUT THE RED-TAILED HAWK

STATUS IN THE WILD

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List status: Least concern.

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HABITAT

Red-tailed hawks are widespread and the most common hawk throughout North America. In Alaska and Canada, they migrate to avoid severe winters, with migration peaking in October/November. Habitats vary but include rural and urban areas that contain woods, open country, deserts and mountains.

DIET

Red-tailed hawks feed mostly on small- to medium-sized mammals such as voles, squirrels, rabbits and hares. They rarely take (but have been observed consuming) birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, large insects and carrion.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Red-tailed hawks may live about 25 years in captivity.
  • Red-tailed hawks are monogamous and may mate for life.
  • These diurnal hawks are primary solitary but will be social during breeding season and during migration.