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Hunting Techniques and Predatory Efficiency of Nesting Red-Tailed Hawks

Curtiss J. Orde, Byron E. Harrell
Publication Information
Journal: 
Raptor Research
Volume: 
11
Issue: 
4 (Winter)
Section: 
Scientific Papers
Year: 
1977
Pages: 
82-85
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Abstract

The hunting techniques and predatory efficiency of three pairs of nesting Redtailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) were studied for 545.5 hours, from June 1975 through September 1975. Four hunting techniques and 169 strikes were observed. The three pairs of hawks were 78.8 percent successful in their attempts at prey. There were, however, statistically significant differences between the observed hunting techniques.

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