Interesting Animal of the Week: Red-tailed Hawk

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The Red-tailed Hawk or Buteo Jamaicensis can be found throughout most of North America and is one of my favorite species of bird of prey. If you ever visit Oklahoma you can find many not only in the inner-city area of Tulsa, but in the country or more rural parts of Oklahoma such as along Highway 75 going north towards Kansas.
These birds are so incredibly majestic as I’ve seen them soar above the trees and through the clouds as they search for their next meal. You’ll see them dive with such precision and ferocity as they lock onto their target of either field mice, a rabbit, or even other smaller birds.
My parents actually live in the city of Broken Arrow and are right next to the busy Creek Turnpike. We can often sit and watch to see many Red-tailed Hawk’s in their small neighborhood. We’ve also been able to identify a mating pair One of their offspring chose to stay in the area. My mom has often joked that he’s nothing but a “big baby” as you can hear him crying to his parents for food even though he’s full-grown!
Facts:
Male: Length: 17.7-22.1 in (45-56 cm); Weight: 24.3-45.9 oz (690-1300 g); Wingspan: 44.9-52.4 in (114-133 cm).
Female: Length: 17.7-25.6 in (50-65 cm); Weight: 31.8-51.5 oz (900-1460 g); Wingspan: 44.9-52.4 in (114-133 cm).

  • Pairs mate for life or until one of them passes.
  • Red-tailed Hawks are often the bird of choice in falconry due to their ability to be trained.
  • Females will typically lay 1-3 eggs between March and April so anywhere from December to February is the best time to observe their mating rituals in mate selection.
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