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Harris's Hawk ~ Non-Captive

Kimberly Chadwick

Marana, United States

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Tucson, Arizona
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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

INTERESTING FACTS

  • 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.

Artwork Comments

  • Daniel J. McCauley IV
  • Kimberly Chadwick
  • Kathy Baccari
  • Kimberly Chadwick
  • Renee Blake
  • Kimberly Chadwick
  • Trish Meyer
  • Kimberly Chadwick
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