Red_Tailed Hawk

Red-Tailed Hawk
Red_Tailed Hawk
Buteo Jamaicensis

The Red-Tailed Hawk is by far the most abundant and widespread hawk in North America. The only place they are not seen is in the Arctic Tundra.

On Average, this Hawk is rughly two feet long with a four-foot wingspan. They have the most varied of plumage of any North American Raptor, with seven different sub-species or color phases, not including the immature plumages and the partial albinism. So needless to say, a Red-Tail may be a red-tail even if he doesn't have a red tail.

Their food supply consists of small mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and insects. They like to sit on a high perch to watch for prey, a telephone pole or a hanging tree branch are perfect to their needs. You will usually see them watching over a newly dug field for their next meal.

The day I took this picture, he was sitting on the telephone pole in my back yard. The other birds were terribly upset that he was there and spent a long time fluttering and chattering around him. Finally he swooped up into the air, and with his escort of many birds of every type, he left the area behind.

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