Animals Wildlife Photo: How the Red-Tailed Hawk Got Its Name By Melissa Breyer Editorial Director Hunter College F.I.T., State University of New York Cornell University Melissa Breyer is Treehugger’s editorial director. She is a sustainability expert and author whose work has been published by the New York Times and National Geographic, among others. our editorial process Melissa Breyer Updated May 15, 2019 Share Twitter Pinterest Email Animals Wildlife Pets Animal Rights Endangered Species credit: Rollie Rodriguez / Flickr Our photo of the day comes from Big Pine, California. Here in Brooklyn, we have a pair of red-tailed hawks who live in the park nearby. They make regular visits to our garden (hide the rodents!) and we love them, but I always wondered why they are called red-tailed hawks when our Brooklyn friends look mostly brown and buff. Well, photogapher Rollie Rodriguez has solved the mystery for me with this gorgeous shot of a very-red-tailed red-tailed hawk. Would you like to see your nature photo featured as the TreeHugger photo of the day? Join TreeHugger’s Reader Photo Pool on Flickr and add your pictures to the group.