Harris hawks come from Southern and Southern Central America. They
are wide spread through out these areas.
A very intelligent species
of bird of prey, the Harris hawk is the only bird of prey in the
world to be naturally gregarious, they hunt and live together and it
is not unusual to see two sisters laying eggs in the same nest. Every
bird helps to rear youngsters - some incubate the eggs and some shade
the eggs from the heat of the sun.
When hunting they all work
together and will catch the same quarry, which consists of sage
grouse, rabbits, hare, small snakes, lizards and other birds.
way they hunt their prey is different from other birds of prey. Two
or three birds will act as sentries and watch out for predators,
mainly coyotes and other birds of prey. Up to six birds will watch
the ground intensely for prey and others will actually flush game
from bushes and shrubs.
Females are noticeably bigger than their male counter parts but the
plumage remains very similar. Young birds look slightly different
and are lighter in colour with tinges of blonde around their chest
feathers and in their first moult they will grow in new feathers,
which are darker like the adult birds.
This is a ideal beginnerís
bird in falconry.