MAVERICK

Species: Parabuteo unicinctus, Harris’s hawk  •  Born: 2006   •  Gender: Male  •  Disability: Human Imprint

‘Maverick’ was raised to be a falconry bird, but because of his small size, the falconer was afraid he might get hurt in the field. He was then transferred to the American Eagle foundation where he became a star in the Wings of America Bird Show.

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.

HEAR THE SOUND OF A HARRIS’S HAWK

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