Species: Parabuteo unicinctus, Harris’s Hawk • Born: 1993 • Gender: Male • Disability: Human Imprint
‘Jagger’ was hatched in captivity and hand-raised, making him a human imprint. After coming to the American Eagle Foundation, he was trained to free-fly and eventually became the opening star of the Wings Over America birds of prey show. Because of his sweet disposition, he was placed with a large female name Lace to see if they would breed. Unfortunately, Lace’s eggs were infertile, so Jagger is now an ambassador for his species as an educational bird.
ABOUT THIS SPECIES
Harris’s hawks are very social birds! Often called Wolves of the Sky, they hunt in packs in order to catch bigger prey. They’re also known to help their parents raise new broods of young, which proves their sociability. They are desert birds and can be found in the southwest. If you’re lucky, you might see a few of these birds ‘back stacking’ on top of another in the wild to gain predatory advantage or simply to find a spot to perch.