Nero is a male Harris Hawk who was gifted to us by his previous owner. Nero’s owner went through a relationship breakdown and he was unable to care for Nero anymore. Although he has not been with us very long, Nero has settled into his new home well and croons at the volunteers as they pass his aviary.
About Harris Hawks
The Harris Hawk can live up to twelve years in the wild but have been known to live twice as long when kept in captivity.
In the wild, the Harris Hawk preys on small mammals and hunts as part of a family group (sometimes called a cast) taking turns to flush and chase down their prey. The family unit works so effectively together that any birds who are unable to take part in the hunt are provided for by the rest of the group.
Being highly social, the Harris Hawk is also unusual in the way that they rear their young. Young Harris Hawks have been known to live with the family unit for up to three years, helping to raise subsequent clutches and hunt.
The Harris Hawk is favoured among falconers because of their size, intelligence and temperament and are viewed as an ideal beginners bird as they are easy to train. However, the popularity of this bird with inexperienced hobbyists, means that we at the Trust have seen an increase in call outs to Harris Hawks in recent years.