Harris’s Hawk

Harris’s Hawk

Photo: Stephen Olner

HARRIS’S HAWK

Harris’s Hawk
Parabuteo unicinctus

The Harris’s Hawk is a rare visitor to north Texas.  They are more commonly found in south and west Texas. A unique characteristic is the Harris’s Hawk hunting style. They will hunt in ‘packs’ to wear down, and catch, their prey.

Species information:

Length:          20”
Wingspan:      43”
Weight:           2 lbs


Plumage:
 Adults have a dark brown body and head, and rusty wings. The base of the tail is white with a wide black stripe and white at the tip. Immature birds are similar but have a streaked chest.

Habitat: Found in open, arid grassland areas.


Flight
: Typical flight of raptors between flapping and soaring.


Vocalization
: A loud keerh.


Food
:  Mammals.


Nesting
: Found in small trees usually 5 – 20 feet up.. Made of twigs.  They usually lay 2-4 eggs that are incubated for about 31 days. Young are out of the nest in about 36 days but don’t fly for another week or so.

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