Harris's Hawks ~ Family meeting by Kimberly Chadwick

Marana, Arizona
Canon Powershot SX10IS

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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  • Lee-Anne Carver
    Lee-Anne Carverover 4 years ago

    NICE!! How unusual!

  • Not so unusual for the Harris’s. It was a great chance to see this in person for sure! Thank you Lee-Anne!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Lee-Anne Carver
    Lee-Anne Carverover 4 years ago

    Well that just tells you how little I know about them. I have never seen one here, let alone three. They hand out like baldies?

  • Lee-Anne Carver
    Lee-Anne Carverover 4 years ago

    Oops, hang not hand.

  • LOL, not sure really. I don’t see baldies where I am at thought would totally love that! Harris’s are a family oriented raptor funny enough. Forming groups of 4-5.

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Robert Abraham
    Robert Abrahamover 4 years ago

    Three in one image that’s what I call being luckey, great capture and framing.

  • Well I would have to agree! Thank you Robert!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • calvinincalif
    calvinincalifover 4 years ago

    Please share/post this image with the Group One Tree at a Time

  • I will thank you very much for the invite!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Bill McMullen
    Bill McMullenover 4 years ago

    Awesome sight! They are a magnificent looking hawk.

  • I agree, thank you Bill!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • henuly1
    henuly1over 4 years ago

    beautiful shot!

  • Thank you so much, I appreciate the time you took to stop my part of the bubble!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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