“I will not be clapped in a hood, nor a cage, nor alight upon wrist. Now I have learnt to be proud, hovering over the wood. In the broken mist, or tumbling cloud.”
Harris Hawks (Woestijnbuizerd) – (Parabuteo Unicinctus)
The Harris Hawk, also known as Bay-winged Hawk or Dusky Hawk is a popular species in Falconry, and can’t blame them, they are the easiest to train and are a very social type for Birds of Prey. It is notable for its behavior of hunting cooperatively in packs consisting of family groups, while most raptors hunt alone.
Harrises are often considered beginner birds, more so when you’re allowed to independently fly with them – and oh quite a rush none the less! – And even when they don’t seem that harmful it still can give you a bit of a second thought having one fly at you for the first time.. Ever. Yet such a thought dies instantly when a glimmer of pride shows through a smile.
Yet despite such wondrous notion and being widely available, people still get them simply on a whim because of their easy nature. Due to this there are growing colonies that can be found in many locations outside the bird’s natural range. Needn’t to forget the how ‘trainers’ can cut corners leading to poorly-trained and abandoned birds. Sad really.
Types of prey it eats: birds, lizards, mammals and large insects.
- Kingdom: Animalia
- Phylum: Chordata
- Class: Aves
- Order: Accipitriformes
- Family: Accipitridae
- Overall Length: 46-76cm
- Avarage Wingspan: 1.1m
- Average Weight: 710-1,020g
- Rufus – The Harris Hawk that keeps Wimbledon Pigeon Free (clairelewisco.wordpress.com)
- Wimbledon 2013: Rufus the hawk scared by hoodies at All England Club (metro.co.uk)