• Peak Breeding Activity: April-June
• Incubation: 33 days
• Clutch Size: 3-4 eggs
• Young Fledge: 39-45 days after hatching
• Typical Foods: small mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and birds
These hawks have long, dark wings with white barring and a rusty shoulder. The underparts are paler and barred with a rust color.
Habitat and Habits
Mature deciduous woodlands and swamps are the preferred habitat of red-shouldered hawks.
Reproduction and Care of the Young
Red-shouldered hawks are monogamous and some pairs may even mate for life. Nests are large and deep, placed high in a forest tree. Both parents care for the young, with the male providing most of the food.