Many people are used to seeing Cooper’s and Sharp-shinned Hawks at their backyard bird feeders but a Red-tailed Hawk is a little more unusual. Mammals make up the bulk of most Red-tailed Hawk meals. They hunt from perches then they descend swiftly, to snatch a squirrel, rabbit, vole or chipmunk off the ground.
Immature red-tailed hawks look similar to adults, but immatures have yellowish-gray eyes that become dark brown as adults. Red-tailed hawks usually begin breeding when they are three years old. They are monogamous, and mate with the same individual for many years. In fact, red-tailed hawks usually only change mates when their original mate dies.