Red-shouldered Hawks eat mostly small mammals, lizards, snakes, and amphibians. They hunt from perches, sitting silently until they sight their prey below. Then they descend swiftly, gliding and snatching a vole or chipmunk off the forest floor. They also eat toads, snakes, and crayfish. They occasionally eat birds, sometimes from bird feeders; recorded prey include sparrows, starlings, and doves.
Their most common call is a plaintive, rising whistle that sounds like kee-ahh.
The call tends to be repeated 5–12 times, with each note lasting about
half a second. Hawks use it to claim their territory and when alarmed.
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