Parabuteo unicinctus

Parabuteo unicinctus – a.k.a. Harris Hawk

Very nice little birds, these guys – we currently have 8 of these at the Burren Birds of Prey Centre, four of them are youngsters that have just started flying and are brilliant fun altogether.
Harris Hawks are social, not a trait that birds of prey usually exhibit, but these animals live and hunt together in groups. They’re an American species, and very popular with falconry centres and bird handlers because of their easy-going temperament and social nature. Because they are social, we can fly them together. At the moment, Mary-Ellen and Boo are the daily flying team.

 Boo

Mary-Ellen

Got food? Want!

Tangled up, trying to catch a piece of food that was thrown in the air

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~ by Simone on August 25, 2011.

One Response to “Parabuteo unicinctus”

  1. One learns something every day. I never knew any Bird of Prey hunted together like that. Not only are they social, they are striking birds to look at.

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