Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)

Scream: The common call of the Red-tailed Hawk is a variable, harsh, hissy scream, lasting several seconds and very gradually descending. The scream is usually given in the air, but also occasionally while perched. It is frequently given during territorial disputes and may also be elicited by the too close approach of a human (Fitch et al. 1946).

Red-tailed Hawk screaming, May 29, 2010, Young Prairie State Natural Area, Walworth County, Wisconsin.


Fitch, H. S., F. Swenson, and D. F. Tillotson. 1946. Behavior and food habits of the Red-tailed Hawk. Condor 48:205-257.