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Harris's Hawk


IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

A handsome hawk of the arid Southwest, the Harris's Hawk hunts cooperatively in pairs or trios. The hawks surround their prey, flush it for another to catch, or take turns chasing it.


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Adult Description

Medium-sized to large hawk. Dark overall. White rump and undertail. White tip to dark tail. Chestnut-red thighs and shoulders. Legs and bare face skin yellow.

Immature Description

Juvenile similar to adults, except underparts streaked with cream or buffy coloration; amount of light color variable. Rufous patches reduced and dullish. Underwing has whitish primaries, conspicuous in flight. Tail crossed with many fine dusky bars; base and tip white.

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Similar Species

Similar Species

  • Common Black-Hawk is chunkier, has a shorter tail, and lacks rufous.
  • Northern Harrier has white rump, and has longer and thinner wings and tail.



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