Harrier Hawk (kahu)


Harrier hawks are usually found in wide, open spaces where they can easily stalk prey from high above. They are commonly seen eating roadkill on our roads. Harrier Hawks are also found in Australia, New Guinea and many islands in the south Pacific.


Harrier hawks are very distinctive and easily identified. They are a mottled brown colour with short, hooked beaks.


Wikipedia, NZBirds.com, TeAra Encyclopedia, Birds of prey trust, Canterbury Nature


Harrier hawks are classed as native birds although the fossil evidence shows they arrived around 1000 years ago. While they have the knack of flying off just before being hit by cars sometimes this doesn't work and sadly carcasses are common. Having said that numbers are reasonable and they are one of the few natives that has actually done well since people arrived.

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