Rincon Mountain District Backcountry Closures Due to Deer Head Fire
For the safety of hikers and campers, some trail and campground closures have been enacted. All off-trail areas within Saguaro National Park east of Douglas Spring Trail and Manning Camp Trails are also closed. More »
Jim Shultz, NPS
Harris’s Hawk (Parabuteo unicinctus)
This common Sonoran Desert hawk is often seen in saguaro forests. Unlike most other hawks, the Harris’s hawk lives and hunts in social groups. Most groups consist of a breeding pair and several non-breeding adult birds that help in feeding the young, defending the nest, and hunting. They hunt in groups to increase hunting success, sometimes surrounding prey to flush it out of deep brush.
Length: 20 in. Wingspan: 42 in.
Diet: Rodents, rabbits, snakes, lizards, and birds
Did You Know?
The saguaro blossom is the state flower of Arizona. In early summer, the Tohono O’odham people come to Saguaro National Park to harvest the saguaro fruit.