Species: Buteo jamaicensis, Red-Tailed Hawk • Hatch Year: 2012 • Gender: Female • Disability: Injured Right Wing
During her first year of life, ‘Dolly’ became entangled in a barbed wire fence and suffered trauma to her right wing. She came to the American Eagle Foundation in 2012 for rehabilitation, but unfortunately regained only partial flight capabilities.
ABOUT THIS SPECIES
Red-tailed hawks are commonly called ‘chicken hawks,’ but it’s a name they don’t deserve because they rarely eat chickens. They eat mostly rodents, but will also eat various mammals, reptiles, birds, and sometimes even venomous snakes. The first year of life is a daunting experience for young Red-tailed hawks—only 50 percent live to see their second Spring. Hawks have incredible eyesight. It is believed that if a Red-tailed Hawk could read, it could decipher the headline on a newspaper from a mile away.