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Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus

Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus

Aves > Accipitriformes > Accipitridae

Names in different Languages

EnglishRed-shouldered Hawk
FrenchBuse à épaulettes
SpanishBusardo hombrorrojo


A medium sized hawk, resident around Montreal throughout the year. This species is a forest raptor searching for prey while perched on a treetop or soaring over woodland.

How to Identify

Look for the reddish colouring of breast and shoulder. On flight, notice the reddish color on the lower part of the tail feathers.

Where When to Spot

For the best chance to see one or even a couple, visit Park Angrignon, Park Pointe-aux-Prairies or Park Bernard-Laundry (Laval) in winter or early spring. Best season of the year is winter or early spring due to lack of leaves. This species likes to perch on treetop and without lush vegetation it is better visible.



2022-04-10Parc Angrignon
2021-04-10Parc Bernard-Landry
2016-03-22Parc Nature Pointe aux Prairies