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Young red-tailed hawk soaring through the air

Did you know that five day old red-shouldered hawks can defecate outside the nest?

Red-Shouldered Hawks
a Glance

Red-shouldered hawk soaring through the sky

Key Features:

Red-shouldered hawks are brown birds with reddish breasts, black and white wing feathers, and black and white tail feathers.

Least Concern - Population Increasing



nesting habits:

Red-shouldered hawks build their nests high in trees near water out of bark, conifer sprigs, dried leaves, lichen, Spanish moss, and sticks.

seasons red-shouldered hawks are active in our area:

All year


Voles, frogs, lizards, mice, rabbits, rats, shrews, snakes, songbirds, and toads

hunting Behavior:

Red-shouldered hawks hunt by diving from perches in trees.

Commonly Confused With:

Cooper's Hawks and Red-Tailed Hawks

Red-tailed hawk soaring through the sky

Red-shouldered hawks are often confused with red-tailed hawks because of their similar size and shape. However, red-shouldered hawks are smaller than red-tailed hawks.

Two red-shouldered hawks soaring

Red-shouldered hawks are often confused with Cooper’s hawks because both birds have similar coloration. Cooper’s hawks have long banded tails.

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