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Harris’s hawk

(Parabuteo unicinctus)


Category: Birds



These hawks generally inhabit arid regions ranging from the southwestern United States south to Chile and Argentina. They are known for their cooperative hunting behaviors and will work together in pairs or even larger groups in pursuit of prey. Their social, intelligent natures makes them amenable to training and a popular species to use in falconry.




Data & Facts

Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Aves
Order - Accipitriformes
Family - Accipitridae
Genus - Parabuteo
Species - P. unicinctus

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Interesting Animal Facts

Asleep at the wheel?

Can you imagine spending nearly all of your life in the air? The common swift doesn’t have to - it just does! From the day this bird learns to fly, it almost never touches the ground voluntarily - it eats, drinks, mates, and may even sleep while flying. While sleep walking can be problematic in humans, many birds have the ability to enter a state called unihemispheric slow-wave sleep, where one half of the brain sleeps as the other remains alert. This method of “sleeping with one eye open,” is a great way to avoid becoming another animal’s meal, and has led to the suspicion that these birds, who almost never willingly land, also sleep while in flight!

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