Habitat: Mixed forest areas near open water, grasslands, even urban areas throughout the Eastern U.S. and in California.
Height/Weight: Males – up to 23″, 1.2 – 1.5 lbs Females – up to 25″, 1.6 – 2lbs
Wingspan: Males – 3 feet. Females – 3.5 feet
Diet: Small mammals, amphibians, snakes, small birds, insects.
Call: Most vocal of American hawks. Their call is a loud two-syllable scream (kee-yah), repeated 3-4 times.
Mating: Monogamous, may use same nest year after year. Female incubates eggs while male brings food. Both parents protect the nest and feed nestlings. Nestlings leave the nest 45-60 days after hatching, but remain dependent on parents for up to 19 weeks.
About the HawkCam
The Georgia Southern University Center for Wildlife Education and Lamar Q Ball, Jr. Raptor Center, in collaboration with Georgia Southern University’s Information Technology Division, provide this live HawkCam to stream video of Red-shouldered Hawk’s nesting atop an 80 ft yellow pine tree at the Wildlife Center’s Wetland Preserve.
These Red-shouldered Hawks are not Wildlife Center program birds, but wild raptors that have returned to this site for a number of years. To minimize any disturbance, the camera was installed before egg-laying began. This video is live and provides natural history insights into the world of the Red-shouldered Hawk. The Wildlife Center supports and promotes the honest portrayal of nature.