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Red-Tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)
red-tailed hawk

DESCRIPTION: L=22" (56cm), WS=50" (127cm). Color pattern extremely variable, from very light to black. Reddish upper tail with paler red undertail, most easily seen when landing or soaring.
CALL: a distinctive "keeeer", frequently heard in western movies.
NATURAL HISTORY: Most commonly seen large hawk around Tucson (and the U.S.). Diet mostly rodents, but also includes rabbits and other animals. Red-tailed Hawks are monogamous and frequently nest on saguaro limbs in our area.