Katherine Homes Red Tailed Hawk Baseball Style Trucker Hat
The Red Tailed Hawk lives in a variety of habitats: scrub desert, grasslands, farm fields, pastures, parks, woodlands, and tropical rainforests throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Central America. Many birds are year round occupants although the birds of the far north migrate south during the fall to escape the harsh winter.
They play a very important role in local ecosystems by helping to control the populations of small mammals, including rodents and rabbits. They also provide habitat for some small bird species, including house sparrows, that live in active red-tailed hawk nests.
Spring heat waves endanger young birds in the nest.
Sadly the greatest threats are shootings, collisions with automobiles, and human activities near nests. Lead poisoning - from eating food items that contain lead shot - also kills a number of red-tailed hawks each year.