Brought to Sharon Audubon Center: October 1, 2013
History: Oban was transferred to Sharon Audubon Center from Audubon Center for Birds of Prey in Florida. Oban was found as a chick and raised by people. Because of this, he does not know how to hunt for food, where to find shelter, how to communicate with others of his species, or know other behaviors needed to survive in the wild. Oban now lives at Sharon Audubon Center as a resident animal ambassador and is a favorite in education programs.
Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)
Description: The Red-shouldered Hawk is compact and stocky with rusty red on the upper part of the wing. In flight, rusty wing coverts contrast with black and white striped flight feathers. Its tail has several wide dark bands separated by thin white ones; tail pattern light below, dark above. Its wings and tail are comparatively longer than those of Red-tailed Hawks. Its legs and cere are yellow.
Call: A high clear squealing, keeyuur keeyuur repeated steadily.
Habitat: A common forest-dwelling hawk of the East and California, the Red-shouldered Hawk favors woodlands near water. It is perhaps the most vocal American hawk.
Diet: Small mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and crayfish.