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Harris’s Hawk (Parabuteo unicinctus) image 02

The Harris’s Hawk, or Parabuteo unicinctus, a popular bird in falconry, is a medium-large bird of prey that’s widely found in the Americas, from the southwestern United States south to Chile and central Argentina.

Size Matters and Description (via Wikipedia):

This medium-large hawk is roughly intermediate in size between a peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus) and a Red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis). Harris’ hawks range in length from 46 to 59 cm (18 to 23 in) and generally have a wingspan of about 103 to 120 cm (41 to 47 in).

They exhibit sexual dimorphism with the females being larger by about 35%. In the United States, the average weight for adult males is about 701 g (1.545 lb), with a range of 546 to 850 g (1.204 to 1.874 lb), while the adult female average is 1,029 g (2.269 lb), with a range of 766 to 1,633 g (1.689 to 3.600 lb).

They have dark brown plumage with chestnut shoulders, wing linings, and thighs, white on the base and tip of the tail, long, yellow legs and a yellow cere. The vocalizations of the Harris’s hawk are very harsh sounds.

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These initial images were taken at the Parque Cóndor, a rescue and release bird park and sanctuary near Otavalo, Ecuador.

Harris’s Hawk (Parabuteo unicinctus)
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Harris’s Hawk (Parabuteo unicinctus)
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Juvenile Harris’s Hawk (Parabuteo unicinctus)
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Harris’s Hawk (Parabuteo unicinctus)
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Harris’s Hawk (Parabuteo unicinctus)
Harris’s Hawk (Parabuteo unicinctus) image 02 (close crop)
Claws of a Harris’s Hawk (Parabuteo unicinctus)
Claws of a Harris’s Hawk (Parabuteo unicinctus)
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Harris’s Hawk (Parabuteo unicinctus)
Harris’s Hawk (Parabuteo unicinctus) image 01
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  1. lcbennettstern says

    Fantastic captures!
    As a backyard birder, I was amazed at the clarity of these photos. Stunning!

    1. Bob R says

      Thanks! I was fortunate here; the shooting conditions were quite good and the birds very cooperative as well.

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