Buteo jamaicensis

Sampson was hatched in 1992 and trained by a licensed falconer, to be used as a hunter. He was brought to ONC in July of 1994. Sampson has been at the Ogden Nature Center longer than any other staff member or Ambassador Animal and has been seen by tens of thousands of people in 30 years of Outreach Program participation.

  • Average Weight: 1.5-3 pounds
  • Wingspan: 45-52 inches
  • Lifespan in the Wild: 15 years
  • Lifespan in Captivity: 25 years

Fascinating Facts:

The red-tailed hawk is a bird of prey that breeds throughout most of North America, from the interior of Alaska and northern Canada to as far south as Panama and the West Indies. It is one of the most common members within the genus of Buteo in North America or worldwide.



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