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Frequently Asked Questions


Q. How do I tell the difference between Bobby and Violet?
A. Females are normally larger, and we can assume that Violet is the one on the eggs most of the time. It also seems that Violet has a small white mark on the back of her head.

Q. How big are they?
A. 20-25 inches long, with a 4½ foot wingspan.

Q. What do they eat?
A. Small mammals—particularly rodents like mice and rats—and birds like pigeons.

Q. How long will they stay together?
A. Red-tailed hawks are monogamous and commonly mate for life. They will likely stay together until one dies.

Q. What is their average lifespan?
A. 13-20 years in the wild.

Q. How long does it take for the eggs to hatch?
A. 4-5 weeks.

Q. How long does it take for the babies to leave the nest?
A. They should take their first flights 6 weeks after hatching. They may stay around their parents for up to 10 weeks.

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