- 17.7–22 in
- 46.9–55.1 in
- 4.2–4.9 oz
- Aguililla aura
- Buse à queue barrée (Spanish)
- The Zone-tailed Hawk is aggressive in the defense of its nesting territory, attacking animals as large as Golden Eagles, Red-tailed Hawks, and humans.
- The Zone-tailed Hawk looks very similar in flight to Turkey Vultures, and it often flies with them. It has been suggested that the hawk is a mimic of the vulture and uses its similarity to sneak up on prey that would not hide from vultures.
- The oldest Zone-tailed Hawk recorded was over 4 years old.
Arid, semi-open country, especially open deciduous or pine-oak woodland, often nesting in tall trees along streams.
Birds, mammals, and lizards.
- Clutch Size
- 1–3 eggs
- Condition at Hatching
- Helpless and covered in down.
The Zone-tailed Hawk engages in spectacular courtship displays, performing aerial loops, dives, and rolls, with both male and female diving from heights of about 300-500 m (1,000-1,600 ft).
Zone-tailed Hawk populations may be increasing in the United States. Partners in Flight estimates a global breeding population of 2 million, with 6% breeding in the U.S., and 15% spending part of the year in Mexico. They rank a 10 out of 20 on the Continental Concern Score and are not on the 2014 State of the Birds Watch List.