Gray Hawk — Species Information

Gray Hawk by Ian Collier
Gray Hawk - © Ian Collier

A great conservation story; 15 years ago there were only about 80 known nesting pairs in Southern Arizona. Through riparian conservation efforts, and practicing wise use of the land those numbers have increased to nearly 200 nesting pairs. Also, the Desert Museum is the only AZA-accredited facility to display a Gray Hawk.

Fun Facts!

A predominantly Mexican and South American species, a small population migrates to spend the spring and summer months in southern Arizona

Found in lowland riparian areas and mesquite bosques

Specializes in reptilian prey, especially lizards

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“This is about as close to a raptor as you're likely to get but before the show most people didn't believe how close...”
-Sam McManis, Sacramento Bee