Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)

A medium sized hawk, resident around Montreal throughout the year, isn’t very common and sightings may occur more probable around the island of Montreal. This hawk is a forest raptor searching for prey while perched on a treetop or soaring over woodland.

How to Identify

To identify this species look for the reddish coloring of breast and shoulder. Another distinctive characteristic is the tail in flight.

Where and When to Spot

I observed this species only one time in the Northern tip of Island Montreal on a tree close to the highway. It is a territorial bird. For the best chance to see one, visit Park Pointe-aux-Prairies in Winter. Winter, because of the lack of leaves it is easier to spot one.

Common Names

Red-shouldered Hawk

Rotschulterbussard (de)
Busardo hombrorrojo (es)
Buse à épaulettes (fr)


Buteo lineatus