Red Tailed Hawk – Emmitt

Name: Emmitt – Male

Species: Red-Tailed Hawk

Liberty Arrival: 2015/Nestling

Injury/Condition: Imprinted

Emmitt was found on the ground as a nestling. It was uncertain how long his rescuer had been caring for him, but during intake he demonstrated behaviors that he had become imprinted. He was placed with foster red-tailed hawks and other young red-tailed hawks, but he showed no signs of accepting them. It was apparent the imprinting was irreversible at this stage of his life. He became a welcomed addition to our education animals.

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.