Red-Shouldered Hawk in Winter

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Red-shouldered hawk. Photo by Aaron Doucett on Unsplash

Appearance: Red-shouldered hawks are large birds of prey about 17-24″ in length with broad, brownish-red shoulders (wings) and breasts, round heads with a curved beak, dark eyes, and black tails with white stripes. The female looks the same.

Winter Diet: Small mammals, amphibians, reptiles, birds.

Winter Feeder food: They don’t dine on feeder food.

Winter Habitat: During winter, red-shouldered hawks remain in their year-round range which includes states in the eastern half of the US as well as the Oregon & California coast. Some migrate further south into southern Texas and Mexico. They prefer wooded areas with deciduous trees and often streamsides and swamps.

Range Map

Red-shouldered hawk range map. Compliments of The Cornell Lab.