Harris's Hawks ~ Step down! by Kimberly Chadwick

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Taken during the Raptor Free Flight Demonstration at Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum

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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  • Saija  Lehtonen
    Saija Lehtonenover 3 years ago

    Beautiful capture Kimberly!!

  • Thank you very much Saija!!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Robert Elliott
    Robert Elliottover 3 years ago

    super capture Kimberly

  • Thank you very much Robert!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Paulette1021
    Paulette1021over 3 years ago

    Great Capture Kimberly !!

  • Thank you so very much Paulette!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • byronbackyard
    byronbackyardover 3 years ago

    Superb shot Kimberly, I was wondering where you were? Great work!

  • I had to stop chasing my darn tail!! I am aiming on being more active, hopefully. Thank you darlin!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Judy Grant
    Judy Grantover 3 years ago

    GREAT shot of the Harris family !!!!! Cant wait to see them again although I still have not went thru all shots from last winter !!LOL:) xoxoxo

  • My dear Judy, you are slackin…..lol I look forward to being able to hook up again on your next visit if possible! We need to get Bonnie down here at the same time. Oh the trouble we could create….lol

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Judy Grant
    Judy Grantover 3 years ago

    That would be awesome !!!!!! I want to meet Bonnie ! I want you and possum to go with me to the Hawk Stalk near Bisbee :) Sounds awesome :) Ck it out online xoxo Yes we will do something !

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBover 3 years ago

    August 20, 2011

  • Wowzers, thank you gal! What a welcome back after a short hiatus!! I appreciate the honor!!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • M.S. Photography/Art
    M.S. Photograp...over 3 years ago

    Fabulous capture,one of my fave hawks!

  • Kathy Baccari
    Kathy Baccariover 3 years ago

    Oh WOW Kimberly, this is a magnificent shot two Harris Hawks together. The detail is so outstanding. An instant fave. Beautiful work. Kathy :)

  • Thank you very much Kathy, sorry about the late response. I appreciate your words.

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 3 years ago

    Many CONGRATS on your wonderful feature, lovely work…

  • Thank you

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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