Speaking of Red-tailed Hawks…most Red-tails range between 850-1200 gms, with petite ones around 750 gms, and larger ones about 1350 gms. Check out this young Eastern Red-tail caught in November 1995 (or 1996?) at Cape May Point, NJ. It weighed 1740 gms (3.8 lbs) !!!!!! The bird in these pictures was massive, look at that chest, back, and feet! And, it did not have any food in the crop, as that can give it a false weight. This bird is heavier than almost all of the Ferruginous and Rough-legged Hawks I have caught.
So, my question is, does anyone know of a larger Red-tail on record? I would love to hear about it, and await any responses. And if not, what is the largest Red-tail you have heard of? Thanks to Kara Donohue for holding this bird and letting me see it (I'm sure she was the one to catch it too).