Did You Know?
All adults in the group help raise baby Cotton-tops, even brothers and sisters.
Though the markings and hue vary, the basic appearance of the red-tailed hawk is consistent. The underbelly is lighter in color than the back, and a dark brown band across the belly is present in most color variations. The red tail, which gives this species its name, is brick-red above and pink below. As characteristic in raptors, the bill is hook shaped. The cere, the legs, and the feet of the red-tailed hawk are all yellow.
In flight, the red-tailed hawk soars with wings in a slight upward angle, flapping as little as possible in order to conserve energy. When soaring or flapping its wings, it typically travels from 20 to 40 mph, but when diving may exceed 120 mph! The Red-tailed Hawk is generally non-aggressive toward people and toward other birds, unless there are nestlings present.
We have one red-tailed hawk, who came to PPZ in late 2009 on loan from the USFWS.
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