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.
- 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.