The Whisker Chronicles

Whiskers are also known as vibrissa, from the latin vibrare "to vibrate". Vibrissa are the specialized hairs on mammals and the bristlelike feathers near the mouths of many birds. Their resonant design is symbolic of the energies, good and bad, that are reverberating throughout the natural world. Every living thing is connected and, by birthright, deserves to exist.

Red-shouldered Hawk

Photo from the Creative Commons.

Photo from the Creative Commons.

Scientific Name:  Buteo lineatus 

Where Red-shouldered Hawks Live:

Forests and swamps with dead trees or other perches nearby from which to observe and hunt.  Range includes eastern and northeast United States, southern Canada and west of the Sierra Nevada in California.

What Red-shouldered Hawks Eat:  

Squirrels, rabbits, snakes, toads, frogs, lizards, small birds and large insects. 

How Long Red-shouldered Hawks Live:  Up to 20 years

Why Red-shouldered Hawks are Awesome:  

Red-shouldered Hawks and Barred Owls live in the same range and habitats but the owl is active at night and the hawk is active during the day.  Consider it to be free, around the clock rodent control.

Photo by Andy Morffew.

Photo by Andy Morffew.

Conservation of Red-shouldered Hawks:   

According to The Peregrine Fund, Red-shouldered Hawks are common throughout their range because of their ability to adapt to urban development and their numbers are increasing at the north end of the range in the western United States.

The Red-shouldered Hawk has no current formal conservation efforts but habitat loss has threatened survival of this hawk in the past.  To prevent future threats to populations, the planting of hardwood trees in habitats where perches are limited, particularly near water, would help with nesting success.

The Milwaukee County Zoo showed off their beautiful Red-shouldered Hawk on the local news last summer.  Watch the video for more.


One comment on “Red-shouldered Hawk

  1. Maymie Higgins
    March 14, 2014

    Here’s an awesome shot from a reddit reader. Thank you, muziklover!


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