Did you know...

  • Red-tails are very susceptible to albinism.

  • Red-tails will often use power lines as perches.

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  • The red-tail is often the victim of car accidents, shooting, and steel traps.

  • Red-tails are a sign of good luck in the Mescalero Apache tradition (Louie Chavez, personal communication).

  • The Red-tailed hawk has a thrilling, raspy scream that sounds exactly like a raptor should sound.  At least, that’s what Hollywood directors seem to think. Whenever a hawk or eagle appears onscreen, no matter what species, the shrill cry on the soundtrack is almost always from a Red-tailed hawk.

  • Birds are amazingly adapted for life in the air. The Red-tailed hawk is one of the largest birds you’ll see in North America, yet even the biggest females weigh in at only about 3 pounds. A similar-sized small dog might weigh 10 times that.

  • The oldest known Red-tailed Hawk was 28 years 10 months old.

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  • A red-tailed hawk can fly 35 to 40 mph.

  • There is no room for eye muscles in their small heads so they must move their heads to look around.

  •  Red-tailed hawks have large brow ridges over their eyes. The ridge acts like a visor or a baseball cap to keep the sun out of their eyes when they hunt.


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