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 harris' hawk

Scientific name: Parabuteo unicinctus

Habitat: desert, woodlands, scrub brush

Diet: small mammals, lizards, insects, birds

Life span: 15 years (20 years in captivity)

Young: 1-5 eggs/clutch

Size: 750–1,050 g (2–2.2 lbs)

Harris' hawks are unique in that they are socially family-oriented birds of prey. They will hunt together and share meals. They also share parenting duties, sometimes 1 female and 2 males will tend the nest. Harris' hawks are a popular falconry bird because of their cooperative behaviour

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Harris' hawk on Animal Diversity Web


Range: North, Central, and South America

Status in the Wild

Status: thriving

For More Information

Edmonton Valley Zoo

13315 Buena Vista Road (87th Avenue)
PO Box 2359
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2R7


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