Hawk is a wild animal, and more specifically a spectacular bird of prey, which means that even though it’s a bird it still hunts down its food. The terms accipitrine hawk and buteonine hawk are used to distinguish between the types in regions where hawk applies to both. A Red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis), a member of the Buteo group The common names of some birds include the term “hawk”, reflecting traditional usage rather than taxonomy. The Red-tailed Hawk has hoarse and rasping 2- to 3-second scream that is most commonly heard while soaring. The red-tailed hawk was often used in the ancient sport of falconry, practiced primarily by the rich nobility.