Buteo jamaicensis

Ontario arrived on July 14, 2020 from River Raisin Raptor Center in Michigan. In January 2020 she was found on the side of a road in Ontario, Canada with a head injury and a torn crop. She spent 7 months at River Raisin rehabilitating from her injuries. Once her injuries had healed it was determined that she was non-releasable because she had become too fond of humans. Ontario hatched in 2019 and is one big bird. She weighed a bit over 4 pounds the day she flew in from Michigan in 2020.   

  • Average Weight: 1.5-4 pounds  
  • Wingspan: 45-52 inches 
  • Lifespan in the Wild: 15 years 
  • Lifespan in Captivity: 25 years 


Fascinating Facts: 

Red-tailed Hawks have adapted to human landscapes with isolated trees or small woodlots that provide nest sites and elevated perches for hunting, and their numbers have increased in North America in recent years. Open areas near highways provide prime rodent hunting areas for Red-tailed Hawks.  



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