Hear the Red Tailed Hawk

Red Tailed Hawk

The Red Tailed Hawk is one of the largest birds of prey in the Sonoran Desert.  They have large, powerful talons that can pierce the skin of an elephant.  Since elephants went extinct in the Sonoran Desert in the 1870’s, they instead use their talons to catch small rodents and other smaller birds.

Red Tailed Hawk Facts

  • Scientific Name: Buteo jamaicensis
  • Size: 20-25 inches
  • Diet: Rodents, smaller birds