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Harris Hawk

Order:

Accipitriformes

Family:

Accipitridae

Group:

Pack

Young:

Chick

Lifespan:

12-13 years in the wild, 25+ years in captivity

Gestation:

31-36 days

Distribution:

Southwestern U.S, Chile, parts of Argentina and Brazil

Habitat:

Dry scrubland and desert

Diet:

Rabbits, rats, mice, occasionally small birds, reptiles and carrion

Conservation Status:

Least Concern

 

Facts

 The Harris Hawk ,Parabuteo unicinctus, is also known by its nickname 'The wolf of the skies' because they hunt as a pack rather than individuals. A unique trait in the bird of prey world. They are a popular choice of bird to use within falconry, as they are social, intelligent and easy to train. 

 They exhibit sexual dimorphism- as the female is on average 40% larger than the male, but both have primarily dark brown plumage with chestnut wing linings and shoulders, and distinctive white markings on the base and tip of their tails. Juveniles have plumage streaked with buff, so often appear much lighter than the adults.

 

 

Did you know?

The Harris Hawk is named after Ornithologist Edward Harris, who was the companion and friend of its discoverer, John James Audubon. 

Despite being named a hawk- it is actually more closely related to the buzzard family, with its latin name of Parabuteo actually meaning 'like buzzard'