Buteo jamaicensis - Red-tailed hawk:

Summary Information
Living Organisms / Animalia / Craniata / Aves / Ciconiiformes / Accipitridae / Buteo / Species

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The taxonomy of birds is still under review and the A World Checklist of Birds by Burt L. Monroe, Jr and Charles G. Sibley (B89) has been chosen as the primary reference. The taxonomic structure will be amended when new editions or complete references are identified by the scientific world as the recognized primary references for taxonomy.

Alternative Names
  • Buteo harlani - Harlan's hawk (B89)
Distribution General Range: North America, Middle America, West Indies (B89)
Habitat Breeding - Woodland and open country with scattered trees, desert (B193)
Further Information Feeding:
  • food - mainly small mammals, sometimes birds, reptiles and insects
  • feeding behaviour - High patrol, sometimes swoops


  • location and structure - platform nest in Deciduous tree, sometimes coniferous
  • nest building - male more than female
  • breeding structure - monogamous


  • markings - patterned
  • number of eggs - 2-3 (1-5)
  • broods - 1? brood
  • incubation - male and female, female more than male; 30-35 days


  • development - Semialtricial 1; Immobile, downy, eyes open, fed
  • parental caring for young - by male and female
  • fledging - 45-46 days


Published Guidelines linked in Wildpro
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