Size: 19-25"; up to 4-foot wingspan
Male: Large hawk with amazing variety of colors from bird to bird, from chocolate brown to nearly all white. Often brown with a white breast and a distinctive brown belly band. Rust red tail is usually only seen from above. Underside of wings is white with small dark patches on leading edges near shoulders.
Female: Same as male, but slightly larger.
Juvenile: Similar to adults. Lacking the red tail. Has a speckled chest light-eyes.
Nest: Female and male build platform nest. One brood per year.
Eggs: 2-3; white without markings or sometimes marked with brown
Incubation: 30-35 days; female and male incubate
Fledging: 45-46 days; male and female feed young
Migration: The Red-tailed Hawk can be found in St. Charles County year round.
Food: Mice, birds, snakes, insects, and mammals.