Red-tailed Hawk
Buteo jamaicensis

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Photo by Peter LaTourrette  North American Birds Photo Gallery
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play call 

This call is often heard as the hawk is soaring on a thermal updraft high in the sky.

The call above is in .mp3 format.  You will need an mp3 player in order to listen.  If you do not have an mp3 player you can download one.  Click on the picture below.  It's free and works great!


Field Marks
  • Dark belly band formed by vertical streaks in band across belly
  • Tail appears brick red above and pink below
  • The dark patagial mark on underwing, present on all ages and races, is unique


The red-tailed hawk builds its nest in large trees surrounded by open areas. Their main territory consists of large woodlots surrounded by open fields and pastures for foraging.


The red-tailed hawk is a permanent resident  in Atlanta and can often be seen soaring or perched in the top of a large tree.