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Birds of Prey Animal Fact Sheet
Parabuteo unicinctus

Southwestern United States (Texas, Arizona, New Mexico), Mexico Medium sized, dark sooty brown hawk with chestnut colored shoulders, underwing linings and thighs, with a boldly marked black and white tail set off by a white rump and white tail coverts

Rather tame, perches conspicuously near roads on utility poles, fence posts and trees; flights are very low to the ground for sneak attacks; one of the few social birds of prey: hunt in groups of 4-5 and share kill. Stacking: stack on each other's shoulders atop a cactus for better view of prey

Song is loud, harsh, nasal screams of "jaaahrr." Predators are other raptors, canines and felines.
Habitat: Desert
Diet: Variety of small rodents, rabbits, ducks, herons, smaller birds, and reptiles
Status: Least Concern (IUCN)
Approximate Dimensions of Adult: Adults can have a wingspan of up to 3.6 feet in width in the U.S.
Lifespan: 14 years.
Reproduction & Offspring: Polyandrous, solitary nester; both sexes incubate eggs for 33-36 days, young are fed by both sexes for 40-49 days when they fledge; often 2 broods per year


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