A “juvenile” Red-tailed Hawk enjoying its freedom over Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA…panorama view.
Size & Shape:
Red-tailed Hawks are large hawks with typical Buteo proportions: very broad, rounded wings and a short, wide tail.
You’ll most likely see Red-tailed Hawks soaring in wide circles high over a field. When flapping, their wingbeats are heavy. In high winds they may face into the wind and hover without flapping, eyes fixed on the ground. They attack in a slow, controlled dive with legs outstretched – much different from a falcon’s stoop.
The Red-tailed Hawk is a bird of open country. Look for it along fields and perched on telephones poles, fenceposts, or trees standing alone or along edges of fields.
Information Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology