8 Hawks in Virginia (That You Can Actually See)

Medium-sized, colorful raptor, distinctive call, preys on ground, nests in trees. Found in various wooded habitats.

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Red-shouldered Hawk

Large, 49" wingspan, reddish tail. Diverse habitats, preys on small animals, loud "keeeyah!" call. Builds messy stick nests.

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Red-tailed Hawk

Fair-sized, blue-gray hawk, orange barring below, preys on birds and mammals, adapts to urban areas. Populations rebounded post-DDT decline.

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Cooper’s Hawk

Unique hawk, 43" wingspan, white rump. Hunts low, makes "che che" call. Found in N. America.

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Northern Harrier

Small, agile woodland hunter, distinctive call, breeds in coniferous forests, preys on small birds.

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Sharp-shinned Hawk

Small, crow-sized raptor. Dark brown, white bands on tail. Soars in woodlands. High-pitched 'sipeeeeeeeee' call.

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Broad-winged Hawk

Long-winged, hunts rodents in open fields. Notable for black and white tail, broad white patches on wings. Calls "reeaaaauh!"

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Rough-legged Hawk

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