Until recently, Missourians have only seen osprey as they passed through our state during spring and fall migration. But keep an eye out for them, especially around reservoirs, as reintroduction efforts are paying off!
The red-tailed hawk is a common permanent resident in Missouri. It forages on rabbits, squirrels, snakes, and other small animals either by soaring and diving on prey or by watching from a perch and swooping down on the prey.
Adult red-tailed hawks are large, brown above, and white below, with a brown-streaked band on the belly and a rust-red tail with a narrow black band near the end. They are commonly seen along highways, watching for prey.
MDC protects and manages Missouri's fish, forest, and wildlife resources.
We also facilitate your participation in resource-management activities, and we provide opportunities for you to use, enjoy and learn about nature.
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