Red-shouldered Hawk

Red-shouldered Hawk

Vocal forest raptor.   Common in Eastern forests and the West Coast.  Mid-sized hawk with forward-reaching, long wings with pale outer crescents; adults show black-and-white checked back and salmon-barred breast, black striped tail; younger birds are brown above, pale below with brown streaks; 5 subspecies.  Woodland bird that hunts from perches for small animals, mostly mammals, amphibians and reptiles.  Stick nests up to 2 feet in diameter are often reused, typically just below the tree tops and near water.   Lifespan up to 22 years.  Population ~ 1.1 million and overall stable; declining steeply in parts of the East, probably due to deforestation.  

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January 24, 2015