Updated at: 20-08-2022 - By: Jane Brody

Hawks are the most intelligent of the raptors, therefore they avoid conflicts they may lose. As a result, most hawks will not even approach a human, much less attack one. However, hawk parents are quite vigilant in guarding their young.


A hawk will definitely attack a person if it thinks the human poses a threat to its young.

The vast majority of hawks, however, stay away from urbanized areas.

For what purpose is this article written?

The following is something you’ll find

  1. Hawks, do they approach people?
  2. Perhaps a hawk will try to attack you.
  3. Explain the hawk’s attack procedure.
  4. What is the risk level of hawks? Essential information!
  5. In your opinion, is it acceptable to kill a hawk

To sum up, if you’re fascinated by the similarities and differences between hawks and people, this piece is right up your alley.

Do you like it?

Okay, let’s begin!

Will Hawks Come Near Humans?

Do Hawks Attack Humans

That’s not the case most of the time.


Due to the configuration of its cranial nerves, a hawk’s excellent discernment is an innate trait.

The average person is roughly 1.6 meters tall and 70 kilograms.

As a comparison, the typical hawk can grow to be half a meter tall and three kilograms in weight.

There are three times as many human cells as there are hawk cells, and an average human weighs 25 times as much.

As a bird of prey, the hawk is well-aware of the size difference between itself and humans.

This means it recognizes the possibility that it cannot inflict severe harm upon a human.

In other words, a hawk is not likely to attack humans without a good reason.

What’s more, a hawk’s lifting capacity is limited to about 2 kg.

That being the case, it’s difficult for a hawk to take off with an adult or a child.


Hawks prefer open spaces without much human population. 

However, a hawk may pay regular visits to your home if you leave out food for it.

What follows is a list of the most important components of these food supplies:

  1. little birds eating from the bird feeders in the garden.
  2. Pests like moles and voles in the garden.
  3. There are lizards, bugs, and frogs.
  4. Miniature animals and birds, such as baby chihuahuas, kittens, bunnies, and parrots.
  5. fowl that are raised in a home environment, such as chickens or ducks.

Will Hawks Attack You?

If they see you as a danger to their young, they might.

H awks are often quite intelligent birds.

Their testosterone levels naturally rise, but they increase dramatically during mating season.

Due to this enhancement, they are now more brash and combative than usual.

This to such an extent that

During the nesting process, a hawk seems to lose both its normal aversion to people and its ability to reason.

All other birds avoid the area around a hawk’s nest because the nesting hawks become so aggressive.

Even crows, which are known to make fun of such birds of prey, will avoid a breeding hawk.

Thus, if a hawk has established a nest in the area and you happen to be strolling through it, the hawk is likely to attack you.

Most individuals today would respond with “But I meant no harm.” Or, “I don’t seem that dangerous.”

But you are.

To a hawk, you are a giant trying to rob the raptor of its eggs or its fledglings. 

Your 3-year-old kid is a lot bigger than that hawk.

For this reason, a hawk that is currently nesting may decide to attack your young.

That’s why between the months of March and July, when they’re trying to start a new generation, the vast majority of hawk attacks are documented.

Besides mating, hawks have other reasons to attack:

  1. Reflecting surfaces that allow the hawk to see its own image. Hawks are very territorial and may attack your windows if they mistake them for the territory of another hawk.
  2. Wildlife used for subsistence, such as tiny birds and rabbits. It follows that the hungry may resort to violence in order to steal from you.
  3. During the time of the migration.
  4. The hawk that landed nearby may be angry or just really hungry.

Maybe a hawk becomes grumpy when it has to fly great distances and doesn’t get much sleep.

Why the hawk is smaller than a human is unclear, although it is certain that it is not human-sized.

If a hawk were to attack a human, how would it do so?

Let’s find out.

How Does a Hawk Attack a Human?

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Dive bombing is often used, but usually no more than a few scratches result.

Now, surprise is one of a hawk’s favorite things in the world.

It pounces on its unsuspecting target from behind and seizes them in its talons.

After that, you should kill it by squeezing the life out of it and eating it at a safe location.

Obviously, a human victim is much bigger, so this strategy might not be effective.

Hawks typically sit on their prey, crushing it with their weight and talons, in order to bring down larger animals.

Further trauma is caused when the hawk carefully plucks out the victim’s fur or feathers.

Then it eats the still-alive prey.

Almost as if a hawk were a serial killer like Dexter Morgan or Hannibal Lector.

(Unflappable and heartbreakingly cruel.)

In any case, neither of these approaches can be used on human beings.

Finally, what effect does a hawk have on a human being?

A hawk flies in from behind, hopefully startling the humans away.

It’s possible that the unexpected height change frightened the living daylights out of you.

A hawk is still a raptor with dangerously sharp talons, particularly on its front two feet.

Hawks may be rather intimidating, and if one chose to be particularly so, or if you ignore its warnings, it may even scratch or lacerate you.

In contrast, a hawk cannot kill a human by snapping his neck.

Cases Reported Regarding Hawk-Attacks on Humans

No human has ever been killed because of a hawk attack.

Some of the most well-known examples of hawk attacks are as follows:

  1. Thirty or more people were attacked by a nesting red-tailed hawk in 2006 at the Village Greens Golf Course in Woodridge, Illinois.
  2. At the very least two people needed medical attention.
  3. A Boston teen was attacked while out jogging, and the resulting head wound left her with a large bump.
  4. In Spring Hills, a human had part of his or her scalp pecked off by a brooding hawk after the victim had approached the nest.
  5. Birds of prey attack a tourist in Tampa.
  6. It’s believed that a lone red-tailed hawk began attacking residents in Avon around 2010-2011.
  7. A hawk in Lakeville assaulted a 38-year-old man.
  8. A pair of goshawks who decided to nest in someone’s Weston lawn assaulted the residents there.
  9. A red-tailed hawk assaulted a hiker’s ears in Utah.

Most of the time, however, the victims of these assaults had no idea who had attacked them. Therefore, it is not possible to state categorically that all of these were in fact hawks.

Perhaps other, similar raptors, like eagles, were responsible for these attacks.

The question that arises now is.

Can You Kill a Hawk If It Attacks You?

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Absolutely, not.

The “Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918” (MBTA) provides legal protection for hawks.

If you’re caught with a hawk in your possession, you’ll be subject to a hefty fine and jail time.

In addition to possible fines of $5,000 to $15,000 and jail terms of up to six months, or possibly three years, for each offense, this Act also provides for criminal prosecution.

The hawk population around your house can be decreased in a number of ways.

On the other hand, if a hawk is attacking you, I recommend:

  1. If a hawk is approaching, you should take cover.
  2. You shouldn’t turn your back on the hawk because doing so could agitate the bird.
  3. Take a leisurely stroll away
  4. Don’t allow your kids play outside without a helmet or adult supervision.
  5. For help with wildlife, contact the appropriate authorities in your area. For the breeding season, they will either relocate the nest or capture the male hawk.

While some may advocate using a water hose or paintball guns to frighten away the raptor.

Using any kind of weapon or tool against these birds is strongly discouraged by me.

Final Words 

Hawks’ intelligence prevents them from attacking humans.

Many raptors, in fact, stay away from regions with plenty of people.

On occasion, hawks will attack humans, but this is quite uncommon.

In most cases, this includes a mother hawk guarding her young.

Although hawks can be dangerous and even aggressive, it is against the law to kill one.

Use the strategies described in the article to drive them away.

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