A hawk it’s a Raptor which can measure about a foot from the tail to the peak, with greyish, reddish and white feathers. The scientific name of the common hawk it is Accipiter nisus.
Distributed by Europe, Asia, northern Africa and other regions, this species is characterized by the marking sexual dimorphism: males are up to 25% smaller than females. The length of the tail, useful for flying through the trees, is another characteristic of hawks.
As for food, hawks feed on other birds and also on smaller animals that they manage to hunt while flying. For their attacks To poultry, songbirds and racing or racing pigeons, humans have many times tried to fight hawks.
The use of certain classes of insecticides to control the pests endangered the subsistence of the hawk as a species, which came to be considered in the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature. The ban on certain chemicals, however, contributed to its recovery in recent years.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature it is known by its acronym IUCN y is the translation of the original name in English International Union for Conservation of Nature or IUCN. It is an international organization that is dedicated to conserving the natural resources, that is, those elements that serve living organisms to carry out their natural processes.
The conflict between our species and the hawk has existed for centuries, perhaps as many as those that humans have raised game and poultry birds, two of the hawk’s main targets. On the other hand, it is important to note that there is no irrefutable evidence linking the increase population of hawks with the decline of other species, such as those mentioned above.
It is called falconry to hunting whose main «tool» is a bird of prey, which receives specific training to capture the species that the human being who enslaves it wants. Given the conditions that the hawk meets, it is not surprising that it is one of the most used species in this activity.
The naturalist Félix Samuel Rodríguez de la Fuente, of Spanish origin, was a figure of great importance for his country in relation to the approach with the nature. Through his television program The man and the earth He brought his followers closer to landscapes and species that are difficult to access by common means. One of his fields of experience was precisely falconry, which he defended saying that it was the first time that humans did not use the whip to dominate the animal.
It should be noted that, beyond the Accipiter nisus, others animals are considered hawks, like the american hawk (Accipiter striatus), the bicolor hawk (Bicolor Accipiter), the long-tailed hawk (Accipiter gundlachi) and the Gavilan smuggler (Buteo magnirostris).
In the animated universe of Looney tunesMeanwhile, there is a character inspired by the pollero hawk: Quique Gavilán, or Henery hawk in English. It is a calf of this species that presents itself as a skilled hunter of chickens and that he intends to capture the Claudio rooster, unsuccessfully.
In 2003, on the other hand, the Colombian television producer RTI Television published a soap opera called Passion of hawks, with script by Julio Jiménez. Among the most prominent actors are Danna García, Mario Cimarro, Natasha Klauss and Kristina Lilley. This story, which aired on Telemundo and Caracol Televisión, is based on another telenovela from the same country, The still waters, which had been produced in 1994 by RTI and had also been written by Julio Jiménez.