They are a very common Hawk in the U.S. They live in a wide
variety of environments from Alaska to Panama. They are quick,
skillful flyers and can often be seen riding air thermals over fields looking
for prey. They prefers, though, to hunt from a perch in a tree, because
they are able to take off and accelerate rapidly to strike. Re Hawks eat
rabbits, rodents, snakes, frogs, fish, lizards and even other birds
when thy can catch them. They seem to be especially fond of rattlesnake
meat and will even risk the snake's deadly venom to get their treat.
A mated pair will occupy the same nest year after year unless the nest
is gone to usurped by another formidable bird. They are considered by
many to be the complement of the Great Horned Owl, as they share the
same ranges and will even share nests, alternating by using them at
different times of the year. The Hopi call them Red Eagle and give them
almost as much ritual significance as true Eagles.
Red Hawks are fiery and explosive, like the Sun. They bring
out these qualities in people. They are
various shades of red, like a
hot, raging fire. As the complement of the owl, the night eagle
associated with the Moon, the Red-Tailed Hawk has a special affinity then with
the Sun. They explode into action as quickly as a fire burning through
tinder. If Red Hawk is circling above you, it is saying you need to
embrace the power of fire and come alive with energy and passion for life. If
you are clearly aware of what you were thinking or doing when Red
Hawk showed itself to you, look to that as a place to ignite your fire.
For a long time, Red-Tailed Hawks were shot because of an
erroneous belief that they ate poultry. Is there something in your
life that you are possessive about, and are trying to keep at the expense
of another? Possessiveness is stifling to yourself and to the person or
thing that you are focusing on and is potentially damaging to others. If
Red Hawk appears to you, another possible message is to not squelch
the fire by claiming undue ownership.
This message is from the Book---ANIMAL ENERGIES by Gary
Buffalo Horn and Sherry Firedancer