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Red-tailed Hawk
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Falconiformes
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Buteo
Species: B. jamaicensis
Binomial name
Buteo jamaicensis
Gmelin, 1788

The Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis, sometimes called a Chickenhawk, even though it does not normally eat chickens) is a bird of prey. It breeds throughout most of North America, from western Alaska and northern Canada and as far south as Panama and the West Indies. It weighs from 1.5 lb (1 kg) to 3.5 lb (2 kg) and it's wingspan goes from 43 in (1,092 mm) to 57 in (1,448 mm).

The Red-Tailed Hawk is a carnivore and will eat shrews and mice. They have keen eyesight to see even the smallest mouse scamper across a field. It can swoop down at least 80mph per hour. It will pick up its prey, dig its talons into its body and kill it and eat. It can swoop down so fast that it can pick up its prey in less than 5 seconds.