Harris Hawk

GLOBAL DISTRIBUTION/RANGE:
Central Arizona, Southern New Mexico and Texas to Central and South America

DIET: 
Small animals including birds, lizards, mammals, and large insects.

HABITAT: 
Desert scrub, semi-desert prairies, and cottonwood-mesquite forests. In urban environments, they take advantage of washes, vacant lots, and undeveloped desert.  

DESCRIPTION:
Dark brown plumage with chestnut shoulders, wing linings, and thighs, white on the base a tip of the tail and long, yellow legs 

DID YOU KNOW? 
Harris hawks will often hunt in groups like a pack of wolves.

MORE ABOUT OUR ANIMALS:  
We have a female Harris Hawk named Sadie and a male named Horizon. A third Harris Hawk shown during animal encounter programs is called Houdini.

HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED IN CONSERVATION EFFORTS: 
Read about Harris Hawks online and check out books from your local library. Become a member of the El Paso Zoological Society. Funds raised by the Society are used to support conservation efforts at the Zoo and in the wild.  

JUST FOR KIDS: 
The Education team at the El Paso Zoo has a Harris Hawk in its Education Animal Collection. These animals are used for up close and personal animal encounters scheduled each day throughout the Zoo. A male Harris Hawk named Houdini is often presented during Birds of Prey Presentations. Check your map-insert for days and times and if you want to make a special trip to the El Paso Zoo just to see Houdini, contact the Education Office at 915-351-3933.