(Buteo jamaicensis) As they circle and soar, they can spot a mouse from 100 feet up in the air—about ten stories high. What does the red tailed hawk eat? The Red Tailed Hawk is a carnivore. They dine on small to medium sized mammals, primarily mice, ground squirrels, jackrabbits, birds and reptiles. How long do they live? 12 to 16 years in the wild. How many red tailed hawks can be born at a time? The female lays 1 to 5 eggs. Where are they found? The most common hawk in the United States, the red-tailed hawk is also found in Central America and the West Indies.
- As they circle and soar, they can spot a mouse from 100 feet up in the air—about ten stories high.
- Red-tailed hawks mate for life. Their courtship includes a spectacular aerial acrobatics dance. Each bird flies in circles high in the sky. Then the male makes a steep dive toward the ground, turns, and flies straight back up. He may do that several times. The pair then grab each other by their talons and fall together, spiraling, toward the ground. They fly apart, and the dance ends.
- They get their red tail at one year of age.