White-tailed Hawk Life History


Habitat GrasslandsOpen country, primarily savanna, prairie and arid habitats of mesquite, cacti and bushes, very rarely in open forest.Back to top


Nest Placement

Nest Tree

Nesting Facts
Clutch Size:1-4 eggs
Condition at Hatching:Helpless and covered in down.
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Behavior Soaring (raptor)Back to top


Conservation Low ConcernWhite-tailed Hawk populations in Texas seem to be stable or increasing. Partners in Flight estimates a global breeding population of 2 million birds with 1% living in the U.S., and 6% in Mexico. The species rates a 10 out of 20 on the Continental Concern Score, and is not on the 2014 State of the Birds Watch List. Back to top


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North American Bird Conservation Initiative. 2014. The State of the Birds 2014 Report. US Department of Interior, Washington, DC, USA.

Partners in Flight (2017). Avian Conservation Assessment Database. 2017.

Sibley, D. A. (2014). The Sibley guide to birds, second edition. Alfred A. Knopf, New York, USA.

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