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Hawks are birds found in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.


Hawks are found almost anywhere with an open area of sky. They are passive creatures and thus will not attack the Dragonborn, even after being attacked, similar to the behavior of deer or goats. Hawks have very little health and can be shot out of the sky by long range Destruction magic or with Archery. Hawk hunting is said by experienced marksmen to be "one of the most difficult hunting sports in Skyrim." The large number of hawks circling above and around the city of Solitude make it an excellent hunting ground, particularly the docks.

If one waits near a hawk's nest, a hawk will land on it. There are two hawk nests on top of the central rock structure in Bloated Man's Grotto. There is also one hawk's nest on top of the roof of each of the completed mansions in The Elder Scrolls V: Hearthfire. Hawk nests can spawn randomly in all Holds of Skyrim as well.



  • Hawks are actually not creatures in the normal sense. Rather, they are animated movable static objects that follow a pre-determined path. While this may sound strange, the game treats them similarly to objects such as bones or movable rocks. When anything which can move such objects hits the hawk, the static object representing the hawk is removed and a ragdoll container looking just like the hawk is dropped down in its place, which can be looted for a hawk beak and feathers. This further explains why sometimes when a hawk is killed, it does not drop exactly from the spot where it was killed.
  • An extremely effective way to kill a large number of hawks at once is by using Kyne's Peace or Harmony. Both these attacks will move the hawk (and thus 'kill' it) while not angering local Hold Guards or other NPCs. A single Kyne's Peace shout can bring down a dozen or so hawks at the East Empire Company Warehouse this way.
  • Hawks do not suffer random effects from the Wabbajack. Instead, they are instantly killed.
  • Hawks cannot be reanimated by Conjuration spells.
  • Hawks have a hit-box which is larger than the hawk itself. This means that when an attack narrowly misses a hawk, the game will still treat the event as if the hawk has been hit. This makes the hawk somewhat easier to hit.
  • Hawks are some of the few creatures in Skyrim that cannot be Soul Trapped.
  • With Dawnguard installed, a variant of the hawk called the bone hawk can be seen flying over Castle Volkihar.


This section contains bugs related to Hawk. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Please reload an old save to confirm if the bug is still happening.
  2. If the bug is still occurring, please post the bug report with the appropriate system template  360  / XB1  ,  PS3  / PS4  ,  PC  / MAC  , depending on which platform(s) the bug has been encountered on.
  3. Be descriptive when listing the bug and fixes, but avoid having conversations in the description and/or using first-person-anecdotes: such discussions belong on the appropriate forum board.
  •  PC   360   PS3   Invincible Hawks can often be found flying over Solitude. When shot with an arrow, the arrows will float a few feet away from the hawk and follow it. Or, the arrow may hit the Hawk, and blood will show, but the Hawk will simply freeze mid-flight - no ragdoll will fall from the sky. However, it can be fixed by staying a considerable time far from your house then shooting the glitched hawk again, it may still fly, but the ragdoll will fall. Tested from Lakeview Manor.
  •  360   Can be killed when shot with Pacify.
  •  360   May spontaneously change from white to brown or vice versa.
  •  PS3   360   Shouts like Unrelenting Force or Fire Breath might have no effect.
  •  PC   When a Hawk is a good distance from the player, and it gets shot, it may disappear.
  •  PS3   When a Hawk is killed, its body may not disappear. This can cause major lag issues if many are killed.
  •  PS3   Hawks can be killed when hit by Magelight.


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