What They Eat

Harris hawks catch small mammals, lizards and birds. They hunt for jackrabbits, particularly in winter.

Where They Live

Found from southwestern United States down to Argentina and Chile, Harris hawks inhabit semi-dry deserts and woodlands.

What They Do

This species’ cooperative hunting is noteworthy. Up to seven birds are known to band together when capturing prey.

How They’re Doing

Although their population is generally declining, these hawks still have a large enough range to be considered at least concern for extinction.

Where at the Zoo

North, Central and South America


semi-dry deserts

Conservation Status


Animal Facts

Body length: 22 inches
Weight: 1.5-2.4 pounds
Wingspan: 45 inches
Lifespan: 20 years in human care

Taxonomic Category


Where at the Zoo

Wings Financial World of Birds Show

When Harris hawks perch in a cactus, they have been known to actually perch on top of one another

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