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Re: Harris' Hawks and Cheetahs



I was under the impression that harris hawks also show 
cooperative breeding (ie. young adult helpers share food 
with nestlings), and that this would constitute pack 
hunting since they share the kill.  Is this a misconception?

(Otherwise, I apologize for the careless use of a term)

--Mike Habib


On Thu, 21 Nov 2002 14:22:27 -0800 (PST) "Jaime A. Headden" 
<qilongia@yahoo.com> wrote:

> Some comments on "pack hunting" and the only "good" evidence of it in the
> dinosaurian world:
> 
>   1) Harris' hawks do not pack hunt. They hunt cooperatively, and
> ecologists have a strict definition remarking the two: pack hunting, as in
> wolves, required multiple partners working in tandem to cripple, bring
> down, steer, or ambush and chase prey. You see this with Cape hunting dogs
> and even hyenas on occassion. In lions, typically there will be three
> lionesses, one in plain view and the others sneaking around, in an effort
> to distract and surround a likely target. Cooperative hunting requires one
> or two more animals to take down a target, or harrass and harry, but one
> animal makes the kill, but each animal is in it for themselves. Sometimes
> playing the numbers game increase chances of taking down a target. After
> that, it's all for one.