(Buteo jamaicensis harlani)
Arrived at Lakeside Nature Center on February 1, 1990.
know this hawk is female because she began laying eggs in May,
Harlan's Hawk was found perching on a car ... was brought to
Lakeside Nature Center. The initial diagnosis was that the
bird was very weak, but had no obvious injuries. Once she
gained some strength, she readily perched on the gloved hand of
a naturalist. This was a sign that this bird was
accustomed to being handled by people. The LNC naturalists
then attributed the initial weakness to malnutrition. She
had been raised by people, then released to the wild without
learning hunting skills from her own species. "Socialized"
with people, this bird is comfortable around humans, but does
not respond to them as potential mates or as invaders of her
Harlan's hawk was once considered a separate species from the
red-tailed hawk because of the color differences. The
red-tailed hawk has a white chest, dark belly streaking and a
cinnamon red tail.
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