Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis Scientific name definitions

C. R. Preston and R. D. Beane
Version: 1.0 — Published March 4, 2020
Text last updated May 20, 2009

About the Author(s)


Charles R Preston is Senior Curator and Founding Curator-in-Charge of the Draper Museum of Natural History, Buffalo Bill Historical Center, in Cody, Wyoming. He was recruited to Cody in 1998 to lead the design and development of the Draper Museum, focused on exploring and interpreting the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Prior to his current appointment, Preston was Chairman of the Department of Zoology and Curator of Ornithology at the Denver Museum of Natural History, and before that Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He holds or has held adjunct faculty appointments in biology and environmental science at the University of Colorado (Boulder and Denver campuses), environmental policy and management at the University of Denver, and biological sciences at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. He earned a B. S. in wildlife biology from Arkansas Tech University and M.S. and Ph.D. in zoology from University of Arkansas. His work on Red-tailed Hawks and other raptors has spanned more than 30 years across much of North America. His currently focuses his research on the dynamics of coupled human and natural systems around national parks and other conservation areas. Current Address: Draper Museum of Natural History, Buffalo Bill Historical Center, 720 Sheridan Avenue, Cody, Wyoming 82414.  Email: .

Ronald Beane is a Research Associate with the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and Principal and Senior Wildlife Biologist at the consulting firm ERO Resources, in Denver, Colorado. He received a B.S. in Wildlife Management from Colorado State University (1980) and an M.A. in Biology form Colorado University at Denver (1996). Ron has studied winter habitat use and feeding habits of ferruginous and red-tailed hawks, habitat use of sympatric prairie raptors, winter movements and habitat use of bald eagles, and field studies on peregrine falcons. Ron's current research activities are focused on raptor ecology and management, including effective conservation and mitigation of raptor habitat in urbanizing environments. Ron has served on the Executive Board of numerous professional and scientific organizations, including Colorado State Parks Foundation, Colorado Breeding Bird Atlas, and as President of the Colorado Chapter of the Wildlife Society in 2007. Current Address: Department of Zoology, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Denver, CO.

Recommended Citation

Preston, C. R. and R. D. Beane (2020). Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (A. F. Poole, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.rethaw.01