Though these hawks are plentiful, they’re no less fascinating to watch. Large, swift raptors, red-tailed hawks can often be seen hunting near fields or sagebrush flats. Their tail feathers are rust-colored, giving them their name.
Because hawks frequently feed on rodents, they can be susceptible to poison that humans use to control mice, voles or rats. Additionally, hawks can be victims of vehicle strikes on busy roadways.