Hawks, being one on top of the food chain, have some to no predators. They are considered to be one of the strongest and wisest on the chain. That is why they are placed on top. Their sharp eyes, large and powerful wings, sharp claws, and alert mind help them keep the reign of being undisturbed birds among the animal kingdom. Given that, hawks were widely used as a representation of strength and power. Hawk illustrations and images were used in flags, logos, brands, and so many more.
However, not all the time, hawks remain on top. There are also times wherein it can be beaten by other animals. Besides, the animal kingdom is huge and composed of different animals that can be a threat to hawks. With that, below is the list of animals that eat a hawk.
Just like hawks, eagles are also considered as one of the strongest birds in the animal kingdom. It has a huge size and weight that can easily take down any birds. Eagles become a predator to hawks in two ways.
The first is because of territory. Both hawks and eagles are territorial birds, and taking their everyone’s territory is not a recommended thing to do. It can lead to a fight against the eagle and hawk. Sometimes, a hawk can defeat eagles, yet.
Lately, it comes out that eagles are more likely to beat and kill a hawk with more force. The other one is due to food and mate. Hawks eat little insects or other small bird species, and if it entered an eagle’s territory, then a war can begin.
It searches for food yet got searched by the furious eagle watching above its territory. For the mate, hawks and eagles are two different birds, yet eagles can still entail during mating time. Eagles can disrupt the mating of two hawks, especially if it happens inside the eagle’s perimeter. If the hawk fights, beating, and killing are possible to happen.
Not only in humans, but the animal kingdom can also experience betrayal from their own family. In Hawks, one can be beaten or killed by another in the same species. This is because of the mate, food, and shelter that one hawk must-have, but the other one does not have.
There is a competition building between two or more hawks that triggers them to fight against one another. However, this likely to happen in competition for a mate. Hawks need to reproduce and multiply its population but having a small percentage of female hawks makes it hard. Aside from the lack of female hawks, the male ones fight and kill each other just to receive a permission to mate with the female hawk.
Next on the list, we have the serpents. Hawks are known to be birds that spend most of their time either relaxing on tree branches or scavenging for food. Serpents then who are on trees can take time and catch them up, especially if the snake can camouflage. This makes the tree branches for hawks unsafe. Also, since hawks are reproducing, the eggs can also be caught from a hawk’s nest. This is enough meal for serpents, having the hawk eggs for protein, as well as the snake itself.
Another thing, there are serpents that can climb up the trees and carry dangerous venoms. If the snakes, on the other hand, take a leap onto another tree. This can help you save yourself from danger.
Humans are indeed cruel and selfish. They do get only for the sake of their benefits, yet they do not know how to look back. Eagles are being captured by forest scavengers, which they will then use for future purposes.
Back on the struggles, human activities such as the cutting of trees, deforestation, illegal mining, and most especially poaching contributes to the decreasing percentage of alive hawks nowadays. They are being offered to collectors and businessmen who make hawk as one of their assets in any field.
Also, humans can eat eagles. Poachers who are feeling hungry despite anything else will eat and patronize this kind of product, which is wrong.
Hawks are considered to be a national treasure. They are our country’s pride, so we all must be looking forward.