Harris hawk

INTRODUCTION

Probably the most recognised of the birds we keep. The Harris Hawk is a prolific predator who’s habit of living in small family flocks mean that it has developed an easily understood vocabulary of postures & calls, including happy, sleepy, irritable, danger etc. George, our male Harris Hawk hatched in 1996.

He is now fully mature and capable of breeding. However as far too many Harris Hawks are domestically bred each year this is an option we will not pursue. Harris Hawks have a normal domestic lifespan exceeding 20 years. Too many people consider the Harris Hawk a ‘beginners’ bird and this is not a good way to view a bird of prey, or any other animal. They cannot be put aside as one runs out of time, interest or patience.

We actively discourage people from taking up keeping birds of prey. Bird watching is a much more rewarding hobby and can be dipped into whenever the mood takes you.

GALLERY

FAST FACTS

Scientific Name:

Parabuteo unicinctus

Status:

Least concern

Size:

Up to 1200mm

Weight:

700g to 1633g

Life Span in Wild:

16yrs

Habitat:

Dry to arid areas with scattered trees & bushes

Diet:

Carnivore

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT ME

What Do I Eat?

Small to medium sized mammals, ground squirrels, rabbits, lizards, birds and occasionally carrion.

Where Do I Live?

Southern USA, Central & South America.

How Do I Live?

Diurnal

Do I have Any Predators?

Habitat loss, electrocution.

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