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Harris's Hawk

Parabuteo unicinctus ORDER: ACCIPITRIFORMES FAMILY: ACCIPITRIDAE

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

A handsome hawk of the arid Southwest, Harris’s Hawk is a standout with bold markings of dark brown, chestnut red, and white, long yellow legs, and yellow markings on its face. The most social of North American raptors, these birds are often found in groups, cooperatively attending nests and hunting together as a team. When hunting, a group of hawks surround their prey, flush it for another to catch, or take turns chasing it. This hawk’s social nature and relative ease with humans has made it popular among falconers and in education programs.

Calls

Call a prolonged, harsh "irrr."

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Find This Bird

Look out for these raptors on both natural and manmade perches. Harris’ Hawks chose a spot to perch with a good scope of the landscape, so look up. Their dark coloring and predilection to perch in groups will make them stand out from other raptor species in their range.

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