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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 male adult hawk, Pee-wee. He suffered a wing injury out in the wild and is considered non-releasable. Pee-wee hatched in 2002 in the city of Harrisburg and arrived at ZooAmerica in April of 2003 from a local wildlife rehabilitator.