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.


Photos of this species with information about where, when the photo has been taken; camera, lens used and camera settings.

  • Parc des Prairies

    Saturday, April 10, 2021

    NIKON Z 6
    70-200mm f/2.8

    Focal Length 200mm
    Shutter Speed 1/1600s
    Aperture f2.8
    ISO 360

  • Parc Pointe aux Prairies

    Tuesday, March 22, 2016

    NIKON D7100
    150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3

    Focal Length 600mm
    Shutter Speed 1/1600s
    Aperture f6.3
    ISO 200


Buteo lineatus