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Harris’s Hawk

Parabuteo unicinctus

temporarily off-site

A Social Flyer

The Harris's Hawk nests in social units that vary from a single adult pair to as many as seven individuals, including both adults and immatures.

About the Species

They even share space!

Harris's Hawks engage in a unique behavior called "back stacking" where they will stand on top of each other when perching spots are scarce!

Words From the Experts

Quotes

Due to their social nature and hunting patterns, these birds have earned the nickname "wolves of the sky."

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Did You Know?

Although it is called a ‘hawk’ it is not actually part of the hawk family, but is more closely related to the buzzard family.

Facts

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Origin

Southwestern United States, into Mexico

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Habitat

Desert

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Size

18–23 inches | 41–47 inch wingspan

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Diet

Vertebrates, lizards, mice, jackrabbits

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Predators

Great horned owls, coyotes, common ravens, and bobcats

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Natural Defenses

Avoidance, sharp talons

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Reproduction

1–5 eggs per clutch

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Status

Least Concern

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Life Expectancy

10–12 years

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