Chip the Harris’s Hawk

Chip the Harris’s Hawk

Meet Chip

Chip was bred in captivity and spent the first few years of his life hunting with a licensed falconer. Chip joined the team at Mountsberg in 2018 and now enjoys working in our Hawk Walk program and our flight demonstrations.

The Harris’s Hawk

Favourite snacks: rabbits, ground squirrels, quail and reptiles
Interesting facts: Unlike other raptors, Harris’s Hawks are highly social and live in groups that hunt and raise young cooperatively. They are very agile flyers but may also run along the ground to chase prey. Harris’s Hawks have a unique behaviour called “backstanding” where one bird will land and perch on the back of another hawk in the group.