'Elsa' - Harris Hawk

Harris Hawks are probably the most popular birds of prey to be kept by individuals in the UK, however, they have distinct personalities, and can be challenging to train! 


The species lives in the wild in Central America, Mexico, and down into South America and Argentina.  Unusually for a bird of prey they hunt in family groups, with the younsters and smaller males doing most of the 'ground work' and the larger and bolder females 'diving in for the kill'!

Harris Hawks are good fun birds, and fly loyally to your gloved hand, and can be trained to work with dogs and ferrets in their desire to work in small groups when out hunting!

We have two lovely Harris Hawks at the Centre, Elsa our older lady (33yrs approx) and Blade, our new youngster still learning the tricks of his trade.  Both real stars in their own right.

All our birds are with us at Exmoor Owl and Hawk Centre to help us all appreciate the amazing relationship between mankind and our natural environment and to enable us to understand their unique personalities and hunting styles..... a reflection of our own lives perhaps.  We enjoy sharing our Friends at our Centre, to encourage all our visitors to rediscover their connection with nature and a healthy environment - without which mankind is unable to survive.

A life without the natural world is no life at all.

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