The Harris' Hawk is not found in NY, but is native to the southwest region of the U.S, including Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and southern California. They prefer upland deserts dominated by saguaro cacti, arid mesquite and paloverde woodlands, or some juniper-oak habitat. Colder temperatures are a problem for some of our warm weather ambassador birds. Harris hawks are susceptible to getting frostbite when the weather drops below freezing. Therefore we provide a heated area where we lock the birds up in the evening and let them out each morning. Harris' Hawks are called the lions of the desert and resemble a pack of lions crowding around the kill to get their share. In winter, they perch in groups of up to a dozen. Sometimes, due to lack of perching space in the desert, they stand on another bird's shoulders, stacking 5-7 birds high in a cheerleader-like fashion.
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