Red Tailed Hawk – Chaco

Name: Chaco – Female

Species: Red-Tailed Hawk

Liberty Arrival: 2004/Adult

Injury/Condition: Imprinted

Chaco was taken from her nest as a juvenile and raised by people. She arrived at Liberty Wildlife as an imprint, unable to relate to her species and expecting people to care for her. Because she has no physical injuries, Chaco is being trained for Liberty’s flight program.

Red-Tailed Hawk Facts

The red-tailed hawk is one of the most common and widespread soaring hawks (Buteos) found throughout North and Central America, and the Caribbean Islands except extreme Northern Canada. This hawk is the most common hawk found throughout Arizona.

Life span: Red-tailed hawks are relatively long-lived birds. While many live less than two years, those that survive the first few years can live 12 to 16 years. The oldest known wild red-tailed hawk lived to at least 21.5 years old. In captivity, red-tailed hawks have lived for at least 29.5 years.

Prey: The red-tailed hawk is an important raptor in controlling rodent populations. Typical food includes small to medium-sized mammals such as rodents, cottontails, and jackrabbits. It will also eat birds and reptiles.

Babies/Nests: They build bulky stick nests in tall trees, poles or on ledges. The nests are often lined with soft material. The female usually lays 2 to 3 eggs. Incubation lasts between 28 and 32 days.