Harris’ hawks are the only raptor to commonly live and hunt in family groups. If there is a lack of perching space they will perch on top of one another, this is called "stacking".
Their scientific name Parabuteo unicinctus, means "buzzard-like" with a "single band" (referring to the white band on their tail).
These birds are very intelligent and adaptable, making them a popular falconry bird.
About Harris' hawks
|Common Name||Harris' Hawk|
|Taxonomic Name||Parabuteo unicinctus|
|Native to||The Americas, including the southern USA, Mexico and South America|
|Natural Range||Found in various habitats including deserts, savannas, grasslands and scrublands|
|Diet||Small animals, particularly rodents but also birds and lizards|
|Life Expectancy||Up to 35 years|
|Conservation Status||Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)|
About our Harris hawks
York falconry have several harris hawks, including Odin, who you might see in one of the flying displays.
How we care for our Harris' hawks
Our Harris' hawks are housed in our mews, and part of York Falconry's bird team.
How you can help Harris hawks
Harris' hawks are not threatened in the wild.
If you are looking to keep birds of prey it is important to research thoroughly and make sure you will be able to care for them properly.
York Falconry run LANTRA Falconry courses in our Bird of Prey Centre, which is a great way of making sure you're ready to care for a bird of prey. To find out more contact us.