Geographical Range North America, Central America, West Indies
Habitat Forests, woodlands, grasslands, deserts, agricultural areas, urban areas
Scientific Name Buteo jamaicensis
Conservation Status Common

These are the most common hawks in North America, as well as in Missouri. These expert fliers can soar for up to nine hours on warm air currents, keeping a sharp eye out for small prey on the ground. Red-tailed hawks also like to perch along roadsides on fences or poles, waiting to catch prey off-guard. Their diet consists of rats, mice, and other small mammals.