Red-shouldered Hawk

Buteo lineatus

The Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus) of the eastern United States inhabits forested wetlands while a western population found in California prefers oak woodlands near water. Loss of this habitat is the primary threat faced by the species. It is Florida’s most commonly seen and heard hawk. Its call can be perfectly imitated by blue jays. Keen eyesight and hearing make it a supreme hunter of its varied diet of mammals, birds, amphibians, and reptiles. Buteo is Latin for buzzard and lineatus describes white bands on its long tail.