Cysco passed away in February 2019
Cysco retired from falconry in 2006 to live with us at Schlitz Audubon. During his 13 years with us, he educated tens of thousands of people, wowed them with his amazing flight ability, and helped us teach about the complex behaviors of wild animals.
Hatch Year: 1994
Weight: 1-2 pounds
Wingspan: 40-47 inches
Lifespan in the Wild: 11 years
Lifespan in Captivity: 25 years
Fun Fact: Harris’s Hawks are extremely intelligent and social birds, and Cysco often uses his smarts to make a variety of vocalizations in programs.
About my Species: Harris’s Hawks are sometimes referred to as the “wolves of the sky” because they are the only bird of prey known to hunt in packs. They live in family groups, and are known to stand on top of each other to see from a higher perch, which is a behavior called “stacking.” This species is native to the Southwestern United States.