Gorgeous, close-up pictures of Harris Hawks (Parabuteo unicinctus).
The Harris Hawk, formerly known as the Bay Winged Hawk, is a rather tame hawk. Both the male and female Harris Hawk are dark brown in coloring with chestnut colored shoulders, thighs and underwings. The bill is yellow with a white, fading into black, crooked down tip. Feet and legs are also yellow. The tail is black and white. These hawks have an impressive 46 inch wing span and stand up to 2 feet tall.
The Harris Hawk can be found in southwest portions of Texas, Mexico and has been reintroduced to southern California. These hawks hunt together in groups of 2 or 3, taking turns chasing their prey until one of them makes the final kill. They feed on small birds and rodents, ducks, herons, rabbits and reptiles.
The Harris Hawk has more than one mate at a time, but is a solidary nester. A female will often have 2 broods of 2-4 eggs per year. The young stay in the nest for up to 50 days.