Red Tailed Hawk – Scout

Name: Scout – Male

Species: Red-Tailed Hawk

Liberty Arrival: Fall 2013/Juvenile

Injury/Condition: Head trauma

Scout came in as a juvenile. He had an impact injury to the head from a stray golf ball on a golf course. He was treated for head trauma, but it was obvious the trauma had a lasting impact on his behavior. He seemed to not be afraid of humans and did not know when it was a good time to flee. Often with head trauma, there are some lingering effects from the damage and for this reason Scout was not able to be released.

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.