Red-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Our male Red-tailed Hawk came to Reflection Riding in 1995 as an adult with a broken left wing—most likely from a car strike. The improper healing of the wing rendered him non-releasable.

Our female lives with the male and came as an adult from a wildlife rehabilitator in New Market, Tennessee in the summer of 2010. While hunting, she crashed into the grill of a car, permanently injuring her right shoulder, making her non-releasable.

Fun Facts:

  • Red-tailed Hawks have tremendous eyesight.  Their vision is up to 8 times sharper than a human’s.
  • They can see color wave lengths in the ultraviolet spectrum that are invisible to the human eye.
  • Red-tailed Hawks have been seen hunting as a pair, guarding opposite sides of the same tree to catch tree squirrels.

What to look for:

  • Our male has brilliant tail feather coloration and is an excellent display bird.
  • Our female Red-tailed Hawk is glove-trained, and used in educational programs at the center.
  • Red-tailed Hawks have two points of focus, but limited peripheral vision.

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Animal Diversity: Red-tailed Hawk
Cornell Lab of Ornithology