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Where do hawks live?

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Hawks live in swamps, woods and forests throughout North America, Central America and the West Indies, according to National Geographic and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Hawks are also able to adapt to many different locations and have been known to live in urban settings close to wooded areas.

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Hawks primarily eat small animals such as snakes, voles, lizards, starlings, sparrows, doves, toads, chipmunks and crayfish. They are stealthy hunters and wait in trees until they spot their prey. Once spotted, they quickly fly down and snatch it up. Hawks build nests with lichens, bark, confider sprigs and moss, and often reuse nests from previous years.

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    Are hawks carnivores, herbivores or omnivores?

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    Hawks are omnivores, and they have very opportunistic eating habits. What a hawk eats is generally determined by the hawk's native habitat, the species of the hawk and the availability of food, but in general, a hawk will eat nearly anything.

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    What eats hawks?

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    What is the difference between hawks and falcons?

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    How do you identify hawks?

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