Lefty Lefty was born in 2008, bred in captivity, and has no physical impairments. He was acquired by the Wildlife Center to provide live-flight demonstrations in our education programs.

Harris’s Hawk
(Parabuteo unicinctus)

Range and Habitat:
Harris’s hawks reside from the southwestern US, south to Paraguay, Chile, and central Argentina. They inhabit desert scrub, savanna, and wetlands. They prefer a moderate amount of taller vegetation. Harris’s hawks also frequent watercourses and protected canyons. Year-round residents are found in southeastern New Mexico.

The Harris’s hawk nests in social units that vary from an adult pair to as many as seven individuals, including both adults and immatures. These social units form cooperative hunting groups that surround their prey, flush it for another to catch, or take turns chasing it. They feed on birds and mammals in the brush and prefer jackrabbits, which can weigh up to eleven pounds.

Conservation Issues:
Although rare in most of the US, this is a common and widespread species that may be expanding its range in some regions following deforestation. New Mexico populations may be threatened by the elimination of rangeland due to gas and oil development in the southeast. Human activity near nest sites causes nest abandonment.


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