Harris's Hawk



Scientific name: Parabuteo unicinctus

Unusual among hawks is the highly social behavior of Harris’s Hawks. They typically breed in small groups, and can nest in any month of the year. This social behavior extends to hunting, and several Harris’s Hawks can work together to flush, chase, and capture prey, and all will share it when captured.

Sometimes yearling Harris’s Hawk’s breed, but most breeders are at least two years old. Sources of mortality for Harris’s Hawks include electrocution by power lines, shooting, and predation by Great Horned Owls. The oldest known bird in the wild lived over 11 years.