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Harris' hawk

(also Harris hawk)


A large chocolate-brown buzzard with chestnut shoulder patches, popular with falconers. It occurs in arid country from the southern US to South America and frequently nests in tall cacti.
  • Parabuteo unicinctus, family Accipitridae.
Example sentences
  • About 35 members of the club's Yorkshire region are taking part in the three-day event during which they will be flying raptors such as peregrine falcon, Harris hawk and goshawk.
  • Chris Johnson, pictured with his feathered friend, had saved up for a year to buy the Harris hawk after seeing a falconry display while on holiday at Centre Parcs.
  • Staff at the prison teamed up with Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, and, with the backing of the RSPB, they hit on the idea of using Harris hawks as an ethical option to control the pigeons rather than trapping, shooting or poisoning them.


Named after the US naturalist Edward Harris (1799–1863).

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