8 Hawks in Ohio That You Can Actually See

Big, bulky, reddish tail, preys on small animals. Loud call "keeeyah!" Found in diverse habitats.

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1. Red-tailed Hawk

Medium-sized, colorful raptor with distinctive markings. Forages on ground, nests in trees. Range: North America.

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2. Red-shouldered Hawk

Blue-gray, orange barring, 31" wingspan. Preys on birds, builds high nests. Adaptable, DDT rebounded.

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3. Cooper’s Hawk

Unique hawk, 43" wingspan, 15 oz, preys on ground animals, distinctive call "che che," nests in grasslands.

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4. Northern Harrier

Small, fast predator with distinctive calls. Prefers woodland habitats, nests in conifers. Size: 11", wingspan: 23".

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5. Sharp-shinned Hawk

Small hawk, 34" wingspan, preys on small animals. Breeds in Canada, winters in Florida.

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6. Broad-winged Hawk

Large, long-winged bird, black/white tail, preys on rodents, nests on cliffs. Found in tundra, winters in open fields. Wingspan 53 inches.

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7. Rough-legged Hawk

51" wingspan, 15-60 mph speed. Dark upperparts, feeds on ground. Nests in trees, migrates from Canada to Argentina.

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8.  Swainson’s Hawk

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