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Harris’s Hawk

Tucson, AZ using a Canon Powershot SX40HS

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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  • TomBaumker
    TomBaumkeralmost 2 years ago

    Beautiful close up my friend. I love it. Hugs

  • They flew in right above my head….lol It was amazing to watch them! The one on the right snapped a branch off and flew away to the nest with it….amazing. Thank you Tom ;)

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Dlouise
    Dlouisealmost 2 years ago

    Beautiful capture,,,excellent clarity!

  • Thank you so very much Dlouise, I appreciate that :)

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 2 years ago

  • Scott Mitchell
    Scott Mitchellalmost 2 years ago

    Congrats on your beautiful work!

  • OMG! Thank you so very much for the recognition Scott! I am very appreciative!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Renee Blake
    Renee Blakealmost 2 years ago

    Fantastic shot !

  • Thank you very much Renee!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Scott Mitchell
    Scott Mitchellalmost 2 years ago

    My pleasure! This shot is spectacular! These creatures are so beautiful and you did a really nice job of capturing their Majesty!

  • pcfyi
    pcfyialmost 2 years ago

    Featured 1-26-2013

    Nice work

  • Thank you so very much for the recognition!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimagealmost 2 years ago

    great capture.
    my best, francis.

  • Many thanks Francis!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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