Red Tail Hawk

  • Scientific name: Buteo jamaicensis
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Aves
  • Family: Accipitridae
  • Genus: Buteo
  • Species: B. jamaicensis

Fun Facts


  • Red tailed hawks have excellent vision and see in color.
  • The red tailed hawk population is estimated to be over 1 million in the United States
  • Red tailed hawks are the most commonly used bird in falconry.
  • Red tailed hawks live 5 to 10 years.
  • They eat primarily small mammals but also reptiles and birds.
  • Red tail hawks weigh 1 to 3 pounds and have a wingspan of 24 to 48 inches (2 to 4 feet).
Red Tail Hawk