Red Tailed Hawk
Red tailed hawks are one of the most widespread and common hawks in North America. It used to be heavily persecuted, as it was seen as a livestock predator, although in recent years this threat has declined somewhat.
Red tailed hawks and great horned owls compete for nest sites during breeding seasons and will destroy eggs to force currently residing parents out.
About Red Tailed Hawks
|Common Name||Red Tailed Hawk|
|Taxonomic Name||Buteo jamaicensis|
|Native To||Throughout North and Central America, including Alaska and Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Panama|
|Natural Habitat||Found in various habitats including forests, savanna, chaco plains and pantanal wetlands|
|Diet||Rodents and other small animals|
|Life Expectancy||Up to 29 years|
|Conservation Status||Least Concern ( IUCN 3.1)|
About our red tailed hawk
How we care for our red tailed hawk
Our red tailed hawk is housed in our mews, and part of York Falconry's bird team.
How you can help red tailed hawks
Red tailed hawks are not threatened in the wild.
If you are looking to keep birds of prey it is important to research thoroughly and make sure you will be able to care for them properly. Red tailed hawks are not an ideal species for beginners.
York Falconry run LANTRA Falconry courses in our Bird of Prey Centre, which is a great way of making sure you're ready to care for a bird of prey. To find out more contact us.