Catalina Mountain
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


  • 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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  • Daniel J. McCauley IV
    Daniel J. McCa...over 3 years ago

    He’s a beauty! Excellent shot, Kimberly!

  • Thank you very much Daniel. He was at eye level as I was in the seat of my truck! he sat there for 10 mins as I just took as many as I could.

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Kathy Baccari
    Kathy Baccariover 3 years ago

    Nice capture Kimberly. I think the Harris Hawk is one of my favorites of the Hawks. He looks so in control of the situation doesn’t he. A fine capture. Kathy :)

  • Yes Ma’am, in control he was. I watched him from the truck and he just say there scanning the terrain. He was magnificent!!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Renee Blake
    Renee Blakeover 3 years ago

    A wonderful shot of this beautiful hawk !

  • Thank you so much Renee!!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 3 years ago

    Excellent capture !

  • Thank you Trish so very much!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • 1Nino
    1Ninoover 3 years ago

    Beautiful capture Kimberly!!!…Tony

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