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Class: Aves (Birds)

Order: Falconiformes

Family: Accipitridae

Genus: Buteo

Species: jamaicensis

Body length: 18 to 22 inches (45 to 55 centimeters)

Wingspan: 47 to 56 inches (120 to 141 centimeters)

Weight: male—2.4 to 2.6 pounds (1.1 to 1.2 kilograms); female—2.8 to 3.3 pounds (1.3 to 1.5 kilograms)

Life span: 12 years in the wild; up to 29 years in zoos

Number of eggs laid:Vulnerable 2 to 3

Incubation: 30 days

Age of maturity: 1 to 2 years

Conservation status: lower risk

Fun facts

 

• The first red-tailed hawks were identified in Jamaica, West Indies. This is how the bird gets its species name, jamaicensis !

• Ferruginous hawks Buteo regalis and red-tailed hawks share the title of "largest hawks" in North America.

• While most birds have no sense of smell, some scientists believe that hawks may have some olfactory ability.

• Hawk eggshells are tinted green on the inside!

• The powerful cry of a red-tailed hawk is the same cry used in TV commercials depicting bald eagles. Advertisers feel the hawk's voice sounds more regal and eagle-like than the eagle's!

Here is where I found the info

www.sandiegozoo.org/animalbytes/t-red_tailed_hawk.html

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Taken on December 23, 2007