The Red-Shouldered Hawk has a dark patched upper, heavy dark bands on both sides of the tail, rufous shoulders, and pale robin-red underparts. This is a forest buteo recognized by its ample tail and broad wings. It has a range from southeastern Canada, the eastern half of the United States, and California. It has a habitat of woodlands, wooded rivers, and timbered swamps. It feeds on small mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and birds. It usually hunts by watching from a perch.
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