Harris Hawk

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 28 June 2008
Scientific Name
Parabuteo unicinctus
  • Falconiformes
  • Accipitridae
  • Parabuteo
  • P. unicinctus
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 7 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
18 to 30 inches
43 inches


International Names

Brazilian (Português brasileiro) Gavião-asa-de-telha
Czech (Cesky) Káně Harrisova
Danish (Dansk) Brunvinget Våge
Dutch (Nederlands) Woestijnbuizerd
Finnish (Suomi) Ritarihaukka
French (Français) Buse de Harris
German (Deutsch) Wüstenbussard
Italian (Italiano) Poiana di Harris
Japanese (日本語) モモアカノスリ (Momoakanosuri)
Norwegian (Norsk) Kaktusvåk
Polish (Polski) Myszolowiec
Russian (русский язык) Пустынный канюк
Spanish (Español) Halcón Harris
Swedish (Svenska) Kaktusvråk
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