Red-tailed bird of prey

Red-tailed Hawk flying high.

Red-tail Hawks are awesome birds that have a red tail and sore super high in the air. These high flying birds can spot a mouse from over 100 feet away and they swoop down twenty miles an hour to grab their prey. Surprise!

Red-tailed hawks are beautiful birds. Red tailed hawks can have a wingspan up to four feet long. They fly 70 to 100 feet high. You can tell the difference between them and other hawks because they have red tails. Their tails aren’t completely red its mostly rust colored.

Red-tail hawks have an interesting diet.  They eat frogs, lizards, salamanders, toads, crayfish, centipedes, spiders, grasshoppers, crickets, beetles, earthworms, and fish. They eat all kinds of birds like bobwhites, crows, woodpeckers, and small owls. The hawk swoops down at amazing speed, like 120 miles an hour, and snatches the prey with its talons, and squeezes the prey until its talons sink into its body.

Red-tail hawks have an interesting family life. When they mate they do a little dance in the air. They do a dive bomb then spiral around each other. Red-tail hawks lay their eggs in nests in trees. When the adults take off for food the babies hop on the ground looking for small food such as spiders, insects, and lizards.

Red-tail hawks are very large and beautiful creatures that sore super high in the air. I think they are very interesting creatures.If you see something flying very high chances are it’s a hawk, and maybe even a Red-tailed hawk.

Photo-credit: By Bear golden retriever from auburn,ny, usa (04.27.09  Uploaded by berichard) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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  1. Dear Pierce,
    Red-tailed birds are very beautiful. The interesting fact we thought was that the red-tailed birds can swoop down 25 miles an hour. Our favourite type of bird is the woodpecker. We guess your favourite might be the red-tailed bird of prey.
    Which insect could be the red-tailed hawks’s favourite insect to eat?
    From,
    Jordan and Karman – Climb High Bloggers

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