Red-shouldered Hawk

Beautiful juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk was brought to us from Craig county after being found on the ground unable to fly. This patient’s left wing was incredibly bruised and swollen upon admission and its condition is guarded. This species tends to use the same nesting territory every year—there is one instance of one individual returning to the same nesting area for 16 years in a row! The oldest known individual of this species was almost 26 years old. There has been some observed cooperation with crows—although these two species tend to antagonize each other, flocks of crows and a pair of these hawks may work together to drive a greater threat, like a Great Horned Owl, away from the area! #swvawildlifecenter #redshoulderedhawk