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



We are grateful to K. Bildstein and A. Poole for their insightful reviews of an earlier draft. Kathie Gully (Denver Museum of Nature and Science), Mary Robinson (McCracken Research Library, Buffalo Bill Historical Center), and Moneka Worah (ERO Resources Corporation) provided invaluable assistance with literature reviews. For access to collections in their care, we thank curators at the following museums: American Museum of Natural History, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Field Museum of Natural History, University of Kansas Museum of Natural History, University of Michigan Museum of Zoology, University of Arkansas Museum. K. Bildstein (Hawk Mountain Sanctuary) provided critical information and oversight on migration, and S. Hoffman (Hawkwatch International), and P. Kerlinger (Cape May Bird Observatory) also provided important information on migration. Michael Patten (University of Oklahoma) provided insights and information on distribution and especially systematics. Christopher Farmer (Hawk Mountain Sanctuary) provided access to unpublished data and assisted with data sources for population status. The Borror Lab of Acoustics, The Ohio State University, provided sonograms. We are grateful to several other individuals who provided information about Red-tailed Hawk biology via personnel communication, and we thank the numerous people who have collected data for breeding bird atlases, Christmas Bird Counts and Breeding Bird Surveys across North America. Our studies involving the Red-tailed Hawk have been supported by the Arkansas Audubon Society Trust, University of Arkansas at Little Rock Faculty Research Fund, Arkansas Nongame Preservation Committee, U.S. Army, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Draper Museum of Natural History, Buffalo Bill Historical Center, and ERO Resources Corporation. Professor Douglas A. James is gratefully acknowledged for first encouraging Preston to explore the alluring and complex world of the Red-tailed Hawk in 1976.

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