Red-shouldered hawks have a black and white checkered back with a reddish brown chest. The underpart of the wings are black and white striped the upper part of the wings have a reddish part and that how they got their name. Red-shouldered hawks eat a variety of prey such as amphibians, rodents and reptiles. Red-shouldered hawks live in the eastern part of North America and California they live in forests and swamps and like to live near freshwater.