Harris's Hawk ~ Captive by Kimberly Chadwick

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Harris’s Hawk

This unusual species of deserts,brushy savannah, and arid woodlands is closely related to buteos and Common Black-Hawk. Unlike other American raptors, they breed year round.

Often forming polyandrous groups (2 males,1 female). Known also to form communal groups of 4-5 members. The young from previous broods will take care of the nest as well as defend it when needed. Hunting collectively for larger rodents such as hares & gophers.

Once called the Bay-winged Hawk, it has distinctive chestnut, black and white feathers that make it a favorite among falconers.

VOICE A strange, grating, nasal

eeehhhhhhhh similar to a caracara


  • The Harris’s Hawk nests in social units that vary from an adult pair to as many as seven
    individuals, including both adults and immatures.
  • Cooperative hunting groups are more successful at capturing prey than individuals hunting alone. Groups of five are the most successful.
  • John James Audubon gave this bird its English name in honor of his ornithological companion, financial supporter, and friend Edward Harris.
  • A group of hawks has many collective nouns, including a “boil”, “knot”, “spiraling”, “stream”, and “tower” of hawks.


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  • 1Nino
    1Ninoabout 3 years ago

    Terrific capture Kim!!..Tony

  • Thank you so much my friend~☺

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Franklin Lindsey
    Franklin Lindseyabout 3 years ago

    Great shot Kimberly. I envy you Arizonians for the great diversity of Hawks found there. Truly gorgeous in sizes and colors.

  • I will admit that I would trade places for a weekend just to capture some water birds…lol How are your plans to head this way anyhow?

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Kathy Baccari
    Kathy Baccariabout 3 years ago

    Oh he’s beautiful Kimberly. You captured that warm reddish brown of the wings and legs so clearly. Great contrast. A beautiful bird and a favorite for me. Kathy :)

  • Thank you so very much Kathy, it pleases me that you enjoy it so much!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Alwyn Simple
    Alwyn Simpleabout 3 years ago

    A beautiful photo Kimberly. Nice detail and DOF showing the feathers.

  • Thank you Alwyn very much!!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerabout 3 years ago

    Great capture, wonderful detail !

  • I appreciate that so much Trish, thank you!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Dennis Stewart
    Dennis Stewartabout 3 years ago

    Great capture Kimberly. – Dennis

  • Almost didn’t recognize the name Dennis. Nice avatar! Thank you my friend, I appreciate that!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • lorilee
    lorileeabout 3 years ago


  • Thank you much Lorilee!!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Bobjarrett
    Bobjarrettabout 3 years ago

    Just a great shot Kimberly.

  • I appreciate that Bob, thank you so very much!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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