FRESNO WILDLIFE REHABILITATION SERVICE

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Species: Harris’s Hawk
Scientific Name: Parabuteo unicinctus
Size: Body length of 18-23 inches, a wingspan of 40-47 inches, weighs 515-880 grams

WHY AM I HERE?
I used to be a falconer’s bird. I was raised around humans and trained to hunt for my owner. However, the falconer that had me would often tie me to my perch and leave me outside in the open where I was a sitting duck for anything to hunt me. This made me scared so I learned how to untie my leash and fly to safety. After my third time escaping the Fish and Game wardens came to confiscate me from my owner. In February of 2005 I was transferred to Fresno Wildlife to live a full and happy life. I cannot be released back into the wild because I am too imprinted on humans.

I AM SPECIAL BECAUSE
My species is called the wolves of the sky because we are one of the very few birds that hunt in packs! Some of my pack member will go ahead and flush game out of vegetation and the rest will catch the prey as it runs!

RANGE
Harris’s hawks live throughout the southern United States and further south. They prefer in semi-open desert lowlands and some savannah habitats. The perch in high places like trees, boulders, and power poles.

DIET
They feed mostly on medium-sized animals like hares, rabbits, quail, and some reptiles. Groups of hawks will take turns eating prey and sometimes cache extra prey away. They will also defend larger carcasses against other animals.

NESTING
Nests are made in tall, sturdy structures like saguaro cacti or in artificial structures. The nests are bulky and made up of sticks and plant parts and lined with grass, feathers, and down. Breeding pairs make up the nest together, but the female does most of the incubation, brooding, and shading. Other members of the group deliver prey.

Address

P.O. Box 2605
Clovis, CA 93613