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Red-Tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) The Red-tailed Hawk is the largest, most widespread and familiar member of the large soaring hawks. It is found throughout the United States and Canada, into Mexico and Central America. Many are year round occupants although the some in the far north will migrate south during the fall to escape the harsh winter.They are usually found in grasslands or marsh- shrub habitats, but is a very adaptable bird, being equally at home in deserts and forests, and at varying heights above sea level.
Called a raptor because it is a meat eater, the Red-tailed Hawk is a most opportunistic hunter. Its diet is varied, but consists mostly of small rodents, with rabbits, snakes, lizards and smaller birds included. The hawks will hunt in areas where there are large numbers of pheasant, as these become the food of choice in spring and summer. The Hawk generally uses its large, sharp talons as its main weapon.

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