English and Scientific names:

Harris's Hawk (Parabuteo unicinctus)

Number of individuals: 

1 adult

Locality: LOUISIANA: 

Calcasieu Parish

Specific Locality:

intersection of Hwy. 14 and Fruge Rd., south of Holmwood

Date(s) when observed:


Time(s) of day when observed:  


Reporting observer and address:

James W. Beck

Broussard, LA

Other observers accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s):

James Reitter

Other observers who independently identified the bird(s)

Gay Gomez, Steve Cardiff, Donna Dittmann, Paul Conover

Light conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and amount of light):

overcast, bird perched on an exposed branch

Optical equipment: 

Swarovski 10x42 EL binoculars, Bushnell Spacemaster II scope

Distance to bird(s): 

ca. 30 yards

Duration of observation:

ca. 5 minutes


agricultural fields with scattered woodlots

Behavior of bird: 

perched, occasionally would rotate and bob head in various directions


medium-sized hawk, all dark chocolate brown, with chestnut leggings and shoulder areas. yellow cere and beak, extending around eye, darker tip to beak. legs and feet yellow. tail dark with broad white terminal band.  central (?) retrices appeared to be molting.



Similar species:


Photographs or tape recordings obtained?

five photos obtained by me, and some by Dittmann & Conover

Previous experience with this species: 

south Texas, New Mexico & Arizona. also have experience with this species in falconry and rehab/education.

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James W. Beck

Date and time: 

12/19/06, 0757