What Do Hawks Eat?


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Hawks eat small mammals such as mice, rats, voles and other rodents. They also eat insects, smaller birds, frogs and reptiles. Some hawks will even eat snakes and crustaceans.

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Hawks are carnivorous birds that belong to the genera Buteo and Accipiter. Buteos are robust hawks with short tails. They can stay aloft for long periods without flapping their wings and prefer open country. Accipters are found in woodlands. They have short wings and long tails that act like rudders.

Because they are hunters, hawks have exquisitely keen eyesight. They use their sharp talons to both catch and kill their prey.

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