Harris' Hawk

Parabuteo unicinctus

Scientific Name

Harris' Hawk:  
Parabuteo unicinctus

Distribution and Habitat

Geographic Range

Southwestern US and as far south as Argentina in preferred habitats.

Natural Habitat

Prefers rural farms, grasslands, dry scrub, and deserts, but has also been seen in patchy forests.

Physical Characteristics

  • Reddish brown to rust colored feathers overall with white stripe at base and tip of tail.

  • Wingspan can reach up to four feet and they can weigh around 1.5 lbs.

Quick Facts

  1. Harris’ Hawks are very social birds who will work cooperatively to hunt for hares and other medium-sized prey.


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Conservation Status

Least Concern: The Harris' Hawk is common or abundant and is likely to survive in the wild.

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