Ferruginous Hawks prey on a limited variety of small mammals including pocket gophers and ground squirrels; most often jackrabbits and cottontails. Occasionally, they will eat reptiles, birds, and amphibians. They hunt by standing on the ground and striking, or hopping and running at prey, diving from a nearby perch, searching on the wing, even hoving, or “kiting” in place in the air. Although somtimes nesting in a lone tree or cliffside, these birds usually nest on the ground, often in unsheltered gravel areas, rocky outcrops, haystacks, or in cities on flat gravel roofs. The eggs will be laid directly on the ground or in a nest the pair build together made of sticks, twigs, bark, and sagebrush. The female is able to incubate the eggs in low nests using her excellent camouflage.