British Columbia Outdoor Wilderness Guide
Description - The Red-Tailed Hawk is a large,
stocky hawk that has a light and dark phase. The breast
is whitish and the tail is rust coloured. Younger birds
are duller and more streaked and lack the rust-coloured
tail of the adult. The call is a high-pitched, descending
scream with a hoarse "keeer".
Distribution - The Red-Tailed Hawk breeds throughout
North America and winters across the United States north
to southern British Columbia. They inhabit deciduous forests
and open country of various kinds including tundra, plains
Biology - Red-Tailed Hawks soar over open country
in search of its main source of food, the small rodent.
2 or 3 white eggs, spotted with brown are laid in a nest
of sticks lined with bark and bits of green vegetation
which is built in a tall tree or on a rock edge.