Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The red-tailed hawk.
  • n. The European redstart.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The red-tailed hawk.
  • n. The European redstart.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as redstart .
  • n. The red-tailed buzzard, Buteo borealis, one of the commonest and largest hawks of North America, when adult having the upper side of the tail bright chestnut-red.
  • Having a red tail.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. dark brown American hawk species having a reddish-brown tail
  • n. European songbird with a reddish breast and tail; related to Old World robins

Etymologies

red +‎ tail (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • From what I could gather from the conversation, a redtail is a big snake.

    grouse Diary Entry

  • The redtail hit the brakes, did a barrel roll, sunk one set of talons into the crow, and the crow dropped like a rock when it let go.

    All hunters have seen crows go after a hawk.

  • Except for once. 3 crows after a redtail, one was nipping at its tail.

    All hunters have seen crows go after a hawk.

  • But just as I was putting together a business plan, a redtail hawk, attracted by my orange Fudd hat, swooped down from the ridge above and tried to get in the stand with me.

    Uncategorized Blog Posts

  • Spin your wheels, the sky turns downside up, the redtail hawk whistles derisively, and nothing moves forward.

    hunting for lizards

  • The air was so calm that flying was probably laborious, and when a light breeze slipped in—not from the west but out of the east—a big redtail climbed up to play along the cliff face, then dropped down to skim low.

    Bird Cloud

  • Or was it making an impossible try to snag the low-flying redtail?

    Bird Cloud

  • A redtail hawk was just then dropping my hat about 40yds. away.

    Bourjaily on Ducking and Covering

  • I don't know how heavy a mature redtail is, but that one left three deep cuts in my scalp that bled profusely, and he knocked me to the ground.

    Bourjaily on Ducking and Covering

  • Interesting coincidence, while coming home to Oklahoma from Kansas this weekend, we spotted 35-40 redtail hawks at various points across the miles.

    The Dignity of Commuting by Bicycle: Cold-Blooded Murder

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