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Preferring to hunt the open lands, this diurnal bird of prey will soar over fields or perch patiently on nearby trees. Using its extraordinary eyesight, the hawk locates unsuspecting prey like field mice and rabbits. An adult red-tailed hawk has very distinctive field marks, with a wide, reddish upper tail, broad wings for soaring, and a dark belly band on a white chest. Like most raptors, the red-tail will mate for life, often returning annually to the same nesting area. The nest is usually located near a woodland edge, which provides cover for the nest, while keeping close access to preferred hunting grounds.
Our Animal's Story
Our red-tailed hawk exhibit houses one pair of adult hawks. Pee-wee is the male and the female is named Kluck. Both suffered wing injuries out in the wild and are considered non-releasable. Pee-wee hatched in 2002 in the city of Harrisburg and the female hawk hatched at an unknown location in 1999.