And why the chicken hawk? When we looked into it, it turns out that the chicken hawk is a pretty impressive predator. It's the largest of its family. This species vigorously defends its territory, getting even more aggressive when the conditions get harshest. It adapts to all climates. Most impressively, it feeds on chickens, mice, and rats.For biology geeks like myself, it might interest you to know that the common name chicken hawk is most often applied to 3 species of hawks from the family Accipitridae. They are the Cooper's Hawk, the Sharp-shinned Hawk, and the Red-tailed Hawk.
Make of that what you will.
Red-tailed hawk Buteo jamaicensis
HAWKS & EAGLES Accipitridae
Red tail hawk snacking on a squirrel.
Cooper's hawk snacking on a small bird.
Sharp shinned hawk juvenile female (there weren't any pictures of this species feeding).