Hawks live in swamps, woods and forests throughout North America, Central America and the West Indies, according to National Geographic and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Hawks are also able to adapt to many different locations and have been known to live in urban settings close to wooded areas.
Hawks primarily eat small animals such as snakes, voles, lizards, starlings, sparrows, doves, toads, chipmunks and crayfish. They are stealthy hunters and wait in trees until they spot their prey. Once spotted, they quickly fly down and snatch it up. Hawks build nests with lichens, bark, confider sprigs and moss, and often reuse nests from previous years.