Him to his pseudo battle morph, Red Tailed Hawk

 Red Tailed Hawk was the morph that Tobias became a Nothlit in.

Facts on the AnimalEdit

The red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) is a bird of prey, one of three species colloquially known in the United States as the "chickenhawk," though it rarely preys on standard sized chickens. It breeds throughout most of North America, from western Alaska and northern Canada to as far south as Panama and the West Indies, and is one of the most common buteos in North America. Red-tailed hawks can acclimate to all the biomes within their range. There are fourteen recognized subspecies, which vary in appearance and range. It is one of the largest members of the genus Buteo in North America, typically weighing from 690 to 1,600 g (1.52 to 3.53 lb) and measuring 45–65 cm (18–26 in) in length, with a wingspan from 110–145 cm (43–57 in). The red-tailed hawk displays sexual dimorphism in size, with females averaging about 25% heavier than males.

Because they are so common and easily trained as capable hunters, the majority of hawks captured for falconry in the United States are red-tails. Falconers are permitted to take only passage hawks (which have left the nest, are on their own, but are less than a year old) so as to not
Red tailed Hawk
affect the breeding population. Adults, which may be breeding or rearing chicks, may not be taken for falconry purposes and it is illegal to do so. Passage red-tailed hawks are also preferred by falconers because these younger birds have not yet developed adult behaviors, which would make training substantially more challenging.


Tobias got this morph in the first book. Due to the fact that the book is narrated by Jake, we don't see Tobias aquire this morph. Tobias got it from Cassie's Barn, where he acquired an injured male hawk. We first see Tobias use this morph in The Invasion, when he came to tell Jake and Marco, about how fun thermals are and  that he was looking for Yeerk PoolsIn The Diversion, Loren morphs Tobias in hawk form and they embark on a desperate escape which leads to another battle that they barely escape.  During The Ultimate, the Auxiliary Animorphs need Flight Morphs. Thus, some of them acquire Tobias. In The Next Passage, You get a Red Tailed Hawk morph.


Tobias becomes a Nothlit in this morph. Because of Tobias' dual existence as both a hawk and a human, his friends sometimes call him "bird-boy". Tobias' narrations contain many thoughts on his internal conflict between his human and hawk sides. A common issue that arises is his need to hunt and kill to survive. The ruthless nature of the hawk contrasts with the more caring nature of human Tobias. Tobias sometimes wonders if he is losing his humanity because of this.

For Loren, the morphing ability restores her vision, but not her memories. It also helps fix her brian damage.

Tobias is the Flight Morph for some of the Auxiliary Animorphs.

In The Absolute, one of the Controllers is mentioned to be in this morph.

Books Used InEdit

Used in 58 books.

Note: Due to the fact that Tobias is a nothlit in this Morph, it is the most used morph. The only book it didn't appear in was The Return.

Owners of the MorphEdit

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