A case of cellulitis of the hands caused by a predatory bird attack

M. Adil Abbas Khan, Mohammed Farid, Zain A. Sobani, Syed Nadir Ali, Huzaifa Malick, Maryam Baqir, Hasanat Sharif, M. Asim Beg

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Many species have been drastically affected by rapid urbanization. Harris's hawks from their natural habitat of open spaces and a supply of rodents, lizards and other small prey have been forced to change their natural environment adapting to living in open spaces in sub- and peri-urban areas. Specific areas include playgrounds, parks and school courtyards. The migration of this predatory species into these areas poses a risk to individuals, and especially the children are often attacked by claws, talons and beaks intentionally or as collateral damage while attacking rodent prey. In addition, the diverse micro-organisms harbored in the beaks and talons can result in wound infections, presenting a challenge to clinical management. Here we would like to present a case of an 80-year-old man with cellulitis of both hands after sustaining minor injuries from the talons of a Harris's hawk and review the management options. We would also like to draw attention to the matter that, even though previously a rarity, more cases of injuries caused by birds of prey may be seen in hospital settings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)166-168
Number of pages3
JournalAsian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2011


  • Deforestation
  • Harris hawk
  • Predatory birds
  • Urbanization


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