A Red-Tailed Hawk is a large bird of prey in the genus Buteo. This hawk has a large crest, it's under-wing is white with brown markings, and it has a dark brown body with chestnut streaks on its wings, breast, and tail. It feeds mainly on rodents but does eat other small animals.
These hawks are found in open habitats throughout North America including deserts, grasslands, chapparal, shrub-land , forests, woodlands, wetlands , arctic tundra , farmlands, parks etc. They usually live alone or in pairs and can acclimate to all kinds of climates by migrating to warmer areas when the seasons change.
The Red-Tailed Hawk is known for being very vocal and dramatic, making it's presence known by using a very loud and high-pitched call of "kee-aah". When soaring they often flap their wings slowly and hold their long tails out to the side. They are solitary hunters that soar above open ground looking for prey such as small mammals, reptiles, frogs , insects, etc.