Red Hawk Facts

Madison Wood, Opinion Editorial

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When you think of Stewarts Creek High School, nine times out ten the first thing that will pop into your head is our wonderful mascot, the red hawk. That fierce and powerful looking bird seems to be everywhere around here. The red hawk is the face of our school, but oddly enough no one really knows anything about an actual red hawk. It might look like a regular hawk, but the red hawk is actually a very interesting and intelligent bird.

The red hawk’s full name is the red-tailed hawk, named after their–you guessed it—cinnamon-colored tail feathers. Its body consists of many different types of browns. From a bird’s eye view, the bird is a mixture of deep browns and some have a small patchy pattern around their neck that is a very light brown color. The bird’s underbelly is usually all white with brown feathers scattered around here and there. There is a regional difference in the bird but, for the most part, it has a similar look everywhere they inhabit.

The red-tailed hawk inhabits almost all North America, in fact, the red-tailed hawk is North America’s most common hawk.

The red-tailed hawk is a very skillful hunter as well. They have been able to adapt and accept the changes humanity has brought to their habitat and often take advantage of human structures as watching posts to get food and shelter. They mainly consume small mammals, rodents, reptiles, but will consume almost anything they can get their talons on.

The red-tailed falcon has very large talons for the type of hawk it is, (a Buteo jamaicensis), averaging to about 29.7 mm. The hawk also weighs about 1.5 to 3.5 Ibs. and measures to about 18-26 inches. However, its wingspan is between 3 to 5 ft.

The red hawk is a very important part of our school, and with that being said, it’s important to know some facts about our awesome red hawk.