Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Red-Tailed Hawk

Marker ID:  
Location: Wildbird Santuary, David Crockett State Rd, Lawrenceburg, TN
County: Lawrence
Coordinates: N 35° 16.049    W 087° 21.721
  35.26748333    -87.36201666
  The coordinates have been estimated
based on the location of the marker.
Waymark: None


Red-Tailed Hawk

Red-Tailed Hawks are probably the most common hawk in North America. If you’ve got sharp eyes you’ll see several individuals on almost any long car ride, anywhere. Red-tailed Hawks are often seen soaring above open fields, gracefully turning circles on their broad, rounded wings.

Other times you’ll see them atop telephone poles, eyes fixed on the ground to catch the movements of a vole or rabbit, or simply waiting out cold weather before climbing a thermal updraft into the sky.

The Red-tailed Hawk has a thrilling, raspy scream that sounds exactly like a raptor should sound. At least, that’s what Hollywood directors seem to think.

Whenever a hawk or eagle appears onscreen, no matter what species, the shrill cry on movies is almost always a Red-tailed Hawk.

Length 18-22 in
Wingspan 45-52 in
Weight 1 lb 9oz -2 lb 14 oz
Length 20-26 in
Wingspan 45-52 in
Weight 1 lb 14 oz - 3 lb 4 oz

David Crockett State Park Tennessee