Red-tailed Hawk in Absaroka – Beartooth Wilderness Area / Wyoming

Red-tailed Hawk

The Red-tailed hawk ranges throughout North America to central Alaska and northern Canada, and south as far as the mountains of Panama. Although not truly migratory, they do adjust seasonally to areas of the most areas of the most abundant prey. In winter many of the northern birds move south. Hawks are carnivores (meat eaters) that belong to the category of birds known as raptors — birds of prey. They have strong, hooked beaks; their feet have three toes pointed forward and one turned back; and their claws, or talons, are long, curved and very sharp. Prey is killed with the long talons and, if it is too large to swallow whole, it is torn to bite-sized pieces.

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