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Harris Hawk

Hawaiʻi ʻAmakihi
Harpy Eagle

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Harpy Eagle

  • Harpia harpyja
  • Birds of Prey

About the Harris Hawk

Also known as: Harris's Hawk, Bay-winged Hawk or Dusky Hawk

The Harris's Hawk or Harris Hawk is a bird of prey which breeds from southwestern United States to Chile and central Argentina. They are also regularly spotted in Western Europe, especially Britain, but these records almost certainly refer to escapes from falconry trade.

John James Audubon gave this bird its English name after his friend Edward Harris.

Harris Hawks are used in European towns to scare Pigeons and Starlings. They are also used at airports to scare birds away from runways to reduce the risk of birdstrikes with planes.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 28 June 2008
Scientific Name Parabuteo unicinctus
  • Falconiformes
  • Accipitridae
  • Parabuteo
  • P. unicinctus
Birdorable Family Birds of Prey
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 28 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
18 to 30 inches
43 inches
Range North America Central America South America United States (West)

International Names

  • Gavião-asa-de-telha (Brazilian)
  • Káně Harrisova (Czech)
  • Brunvinget Våge (Danish)
  • Woestijnbuizerd (Dutch)
  • Ritarihaukka (Finnish)
  • Buse de Harris (French)
  • Wüstenbussard (German)
  • Poiana di Harris (Italian)
  • モモアカノスリ (Momoakanosuri) (Japanese)
  • Kaktusvåk (Norwegian)
  • Myszolowiec (Polish)
  • Пустынный канюк (Russian)
  • Halcón Harris (Spanish)
  • Kaktusvråk (Swedish)