red–tailed hawk

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noun \ˈred-ˌtāld-\

Definition of red–tailed hawk

  1. :  a widely distributed chiefly rodent-eating New World hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) that is usually mottled dusky above and white streaked dusky and tinged with buff below and has a rather short typically reddish tail —called also redtail

Illustration of red–tailed hawk

1805

First Known Use of red–tailed hawk

1805


RED–TAILED HAWK Defined for English Language Learners

red–tailed hawk

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noun \ˈred-ˌtāld-\

Definition of red–tailed hawk for English Language Learners

  • : a type of American hawk that has a reddish tail


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