Red-tailed hawks are many people’s favorite birds and are easily seen along our roads and even along highways. When perched, they can often be seen from a long distance if they are claiming territory by showing off their white bellies.
The red-tailed hawk is a beautiful bird soaring in the air with wide wings and a tail that circles above its head in easy view of the observer. When away, they may display a flash of red tail for which they are named, and when claiming a territory and during courtship, their long, raspy shriek will mark their species. They are a bold and powerful hawk that has done well over many years of dangerous living in the modern world.