These interesting birds hunt in small units of 2 or 3, and work with each other to capture their food. It is fascinating to see them on the hunt, and to watch how they capture their prey through cooperation.
Kind of like a flight demonstration team working together.
Harris Hawks are a medium to large size hawk species and are dark overall with a white rump and undertail. They typically have chestnut colored thighs and shoulders with a yellow face.
Cool Facts About Harris Hawks
Harris Hawks have social units that can have as many as seven members in it. The unit can consist of adults, immatures and juvenile birds.
They normally nest in the spring and at times the females may lay 2 or 3 clutches within a breeding season.
The reason Harris Hawks work together is that they are more successful at capturing prey than just hunting alone.
For the most part these soaring birds prefer mammals like mice for dinner.
Harris Hawks As Pets
The Harris Hawk is now widely regarded as the ideal beginners bird in falconry. Here is an interesting video showing a clutch of Harris Hawks hunting together:
Harris Hawk Falconry Is Brought To New Heights
The following video shows a Harris Hawk interacting with its owner who is paragliding:
If you like Harris Hawks you can even decorate you room with a Harris’s Hawk – 24″W x 20″H – Peel and Stick Wall Decal.
In the meantime keep your wings straight and level Hersch!
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