Posted by: atowhee | March 10, 2011

Harris’s Hawk




























This photos were taken of a bird in Arizona by my birding/photo pal, Jerry Clifton.  Great shots!

Your next question should be…Harris who?  Edward Harris was a wealthy New Jersey farmer and amateur ornithologist in the early 1800s.  He was a patron of J.J. Audubon and in gratitude Audubon named both the hawk and a sparrow after his generous friend.  The sparrow was first collected and described for science by another prominent ornithologist of the era: Thomas Nuttall.  It was from Nuttall’s collection that Audubon was able to use a specimen for his drawing.


  1. Appreciate the background information. This guy was awesome. Thanks for sharing him.

  2. Spectacular photos of Harris Hawk. RW

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