The red-tailed hawk is North America’s most widely distributed hawk. Their large wingspan and plumage allow them to soar for excessive amounts of time. Red-tailed hawks can also discover prey from 100 feet up in the air. Its strong beak and talons allow the hawk to swoop down and grasp its prey. Their call sounds like a loud raspy, “kree-eee-ar”, piercing scream. The iconic eagle cry you hear in most TV shows and movies is actually the fierce cry of a red-tailed hawk.

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Location: Wetlands; adjacent to American Alligator exhibit and Education Animal

Arrived at EPZ: Hunter - 07/06/2005, Killian Red - 03/17/2010