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Birds at
Paradise

Harris Hawk

The Harris hawk or Harris's hawk is unique amongst the raptors for hunting in family groups.

This co-operative behaviour allows it to capture larger prey than would otherwise be possible. Their favourite roosting places are the saguaro cactus. They also perch using stacking. This is where one bird stands on top of the other.

DID YOU KNOW? Their eyesight is said to be eight times better than humans and if they could read, they would be able to read a newspaper headline from a whole football pitch length away.

Current Status

  • Least Concern
  • Near Threatened
  • Vulnerable
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild
  • Extinct

Key Facts

Small creatures including birds, lizards, mammals, and large insects – as a group jack rabbits.
Accipitridae
12 years wild
25 years captivity
2 - 4 eggs
46cm - 76cm
Wingspan 100cm - 120cm
Semi desert areas, swamps and mangroves.
Least Concern
Central and South America (Arizona, Texas, Senora)
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