What bird actually provides the iconic cry often associated with bald eagles in the U.S.? – 2017

What bird actually provides the iconic cry often associated with bald eagles in the U.S.?


Red-tailed hawk




You hear that? That’s the sound of freedom. But as mighty as the bald eagle may appear, it doesn’t have the chops to represent the U.S. vocally. As a bald eagle glides across a wilderness that slowly fades into a waving star-spangled banner, a red-tailed hawk screeches behind a curtain to hide the eagle’s true sound, which is more like a cackle. But don’t let this truth lessen the might that is America, as we’ll let freedom cackle…erm, I mean ring. Source: NPR




The red-tailed hawk is a bird of prey, one of three species colloquially known in the United States as the “chickenhawk,” though it rarely preys on standard sized chickens.
Scientific name: Buteo jamaicensis
Mass: 1.1 kg Encyclopedia of Life
Conservation status: Least Concern (Population increasing) Encyclopedia of Life
Length: 45 – 65 cm Encyclopedia of Life
Rank: Species
Did you know: Great horned owls are known predators of red-tailed hawk nestlings. eol.org


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