Also referred to as a chicken hawk, this bird of pray is the most common hawk in North America (estimated one million) and protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918.
Carnivores, 85% of their diet consist of rodents, which they swoop down on and pin with their talons. They are also able to catch birds in flight, and may hunt in pairs.
|The first time we have seen two together.|
These birds are known to live in the wild for as long as 21+ years. The oldest Red-Tail in captivity lived for 29 1/2 years.
The Red-Tail is a popular bird of choice in the sport of falconry.