What is a "chicken hawk" and do you know what they sound
"Chicken hawk" is a local name for any variety of hawk that might prey on
chickens in a farm yard. It probably has been most often applied to
red-tailed hawks because those are the most common hawks around farms in
much of the United States, but there really is no single species of bird
that is correctly called by this name.
Chicken hawk is an old term. It was usually associated with farmers who
identified any hawk (or eagle, ospreys, vultures and sometimes crows)as a potential
predators to farm animals. They would shoot at any of these indiscriminately.
Modern farmers are much more educated and recognize the differences. They are
probably one of the most support for conservation, and especially wildlife.
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Update: June 2012