Harris’s Hawk

Parabuteo unicinctus
The Harris’s hawk is a medium to large bird of prey and one of the most social of all raptors. They are often found in groups, cooperatively attending nests and hunting together as a pack. 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 the relative ease with humans has made it popular among falconers and in education programs. Their range extends from the desert areas of the South Western United States to Argentina and Brazil. Their lifespan 10 to 12 years in the wild; 20 to 25 years in captivity.


The Harris’s hawk feeds mostly on medium-sized mammals such as rabbits, ground squirrels, and other rodents.


Size: 18-23 inches
Weight: 1.5 – 2.5
Lifespan: 10-12 years in the wild 20 years in captivity.