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