Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)

Jack came to our facility after being found on the side of the road missing an eye. Red-tailed hawks use their keen eyesight and incredible depth perception to hunt, so Jack was medically non-releasable and has continued to live with as an education ambassador.

Red-tailed hawks are found all across North America. These diurnal birds of prey rely on their speed and excellent vision to hunt small prey on the forest floor including mammals, snakes, and even birds. Red-tailed hawks tend to mate monogamously for long periods of time – occasionally for life. Excitingly, red-tailed hawks are a wildlife conservation success story! After DDT was banned in the early 1970s, raptor populations bounced back. Red-tailed hawks are now one of the most common birds of prey across the continent.
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