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Red-Tailed Hawk

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Red-tailed hawks usually lay about two or three eggs. Once they hatch, the female stays with the nest and the male brings food to the young. These hawks have a distinctive, high-pitched call when descending on prey. Not surprisingly, they have excellent eyesight.

Females are typically larger than the males and grow to over two feet in length. Body weight is approximately three to four pounds.

Red-tailed hawks can live up to 20 years of age in the wild.


Red-tailed hawks can be found across most of North America.

Lives at Audubon Zoo

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