Length: 19 - 23"
Breeding: Open tundra and open mountainous areas. Prefers habitat with cliffs or rocky areas for nesting.
Winter: Farmland, marshes, dunes, and other open country. Can sometimes be found roosting in open coniferous woodlands.
Diet: Mostly small mammals such as mice, voles, and lemmings; sometimes, small rabbits; birds, some carrion, and occasionally insects.
Information on habitat, diet, feeding behavior, nesting and migration. Includes range maps and the calls of this bird. (From Audubon Field Guide)
Photos of Rough-legged Hawk
From Peter LaTourrette's Bird Photo Gallery
(Credit: U. S. Geological Survey)
The rough-legged hawks that we see in New England breed in the arctic tundra of North America and migrate southward after breeding season.
Range Maps from Cornell
Rough-legged Hawk breeding, migration, and nonbreeding range
Includes separate map of sightings.
Christmas Bird Count Map
Historical CBC Map from USGS