Hawk Facts and Information



These are some hawk facts for some of the hawks that can be seen around the San Juan Islands Washington.

First, hawks are a diverse group of diurnal predatory birds, also called raptors. In general, all hawks have excellent hearing, curved beaks, taloned feet, and the best eyesight of any animal, including humans. Actually, it is estimated that a hawk can view a rabbit from a distance of two miles.


Red-Tailed hawk, San Juan Islands Washington
Red-Tailed Hawk
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Hawks, like many birds, pair with a mate for life but are known to find a new partner if a former mate dies. The pair will also return to the same nesting site year after year.

Interestingly, red-tailed hawks are fairly non-aggressive, and are sometimes harassed by other birds, such as owls or crows.



Red-Tailed hawk, San Juan Islands Washington
Red-Tailed Hawk
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Cooper's hawk, San Juan Islands Washington
Cooper's hawk, practicing an attack on a fir cone




Jump straight to these facts: Little Brown Bats, Bird Facts, Cool Facts, Deer Facts, Red Fox Facts, Raccoon Facts, Flying Squirrels, Sea Lion Facts, Minke Whales, Gray Whales, or Killer Whale Facts, or check out the American Goldfinch and other birds of the San Juan Islands.

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