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Harrier hawks are birds that appear in The Lion Guard universe. 

Appearance 

In the Real World 

The African harrier-hawk is a medium-sized raptor. The upperparts, head and breast are pale grey. The belly is white with fine dark barring. The broad wings are pale grey with a black trailing edge fringed with a narrow white line. The tail is black with a single broad white band.

There is a bare facial patch of variable colour, usually red or yellow. Genders are similar, but young birds have pale brown instead of grey, and dark brown replacing black.

An unusual trait of this species is the double-jointed knees it possesses, which enable it to reach into otherwise inaccessible holes and cracks for prey. 

In The Lion Guard 

Harrier hawks appear quite the same as their real life counterparts.

Information 

In the Real World 

The harrier hawk builds a stick nest in the fork of a tree or the crown of a palm tree. The clutch is one to three eggs.It is an omnivorous species, eating the fruit of the oil palm as well as hunting small vertebrates.

The harrier hawk's ability to climb, using wings as well as feet, and its long double-jointed legs, enable this bird to raid the nests of cavity-nesters such as barbets and woodhoopoes for fledglings. It has been known to prey on introduced species such as feral pigeons, house sparrows and eastern gray squirrels.

In The Lion Guard 

Harrier hawks are not native to the Pride Lands, and they are persistent hunters that will nearly stop at nothing in getting their food.

History

Ono and the Egg

A harrier hawk named Mpishi comes to the Pride Lands to hunt for tasty new treats, only to be stopped by the Lion Guard.

Notable African Harrier Hawks in The Lion Guard

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