Red-tailed Hawk
(Buteo jamaicensis)

Red-Tailed Hawk
Photo by Paris Trail

Seasons in Walnut Creek: Summers north, winters in south; also found locally year round

The Red-tailed Hawk is North America's most common hawk. They can be spotted in open areas such as fields, pastures, desert and parks-but can also be found in some forests as long as they have an elevated perch such as a dead tree or fence. Red-shouldered hawks are common wetland predators, but Red-tailed Hawks are also often seen near Walnut Creek. These are birds of prey and will catch and eat small mammals, birds, and reptiles.

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Habit and Range:

Walnut Creek Sighting: Found near Walnut Creek in late September; identified by call.

Red-Tailed Hawk
Photo by permission of E. Parisher
Red-Tailed Hawk
Photo by permission of E. Parisher


This page prepared by 8th grader Henry S.
Exploris Middle School - Fall 2008