Hawks are a recurring race of bird from The Legend of Zelda series.
In Twilight Princess, hawks can be summoned by using Hawk Grass. Once summoned, they can be commanded to grab items or attack enemies. Like most other animals in Twilight Princess, hawks can talk to other animals, including Wolf Link.
When Link first uses a hawk, while he still lives in Ordon Village, Jaggle encourages Link to climb up onto the cliff with him. Once Link has reached the top of it, he asks Link to play the tune on the Hawk Grass, summoning a Hawk. Link must repeat this action a short time later, calling a Hawk to come and retrieve Uli's cradle, which had been stolen by a Monkey. Later, when Link has returned to Ordon Village in wolf form to take the Ordon Sword and Ordon Shield as Wolf Link, he is spotted by Hanch, who summons a Hawk to attack him. Link sneaks behind Hanch to scare him off, stopping the Hawk from attacking him again. After Link scares away Hanch, Link can howl near Hawk Grass to summon a Hawk, who apologies for attacking him.
Using Hawk Grass as Wolf Link will summon a Hawk which tells him of a nearby Treasure Chest or of a Piece of Heart. If Link has collected everything in the area, the Hawk will tell him there is nothing there.
While enlisting the aid of hawks when Link is a wolf can be done in most areas, a notable exception is Lake Hylia, where the only available Hawk Grass is used to initiate Plumm's Balloon Popping Game. Hawk Grass may also be found in the Sacred Grove, though it serves no urgent purpose; the only possible reason is knocking down a nearby Beehive, which can be accomplished with other equipment at Link's disposal at this point in the game. Hawks are also seen at the foot at Death Mountain, where there are Bulblin archers. Hawk Grass can be used to summon a hawk to defeat them without using any items, and from a safe distance where they cannot harm him.
A Hawk can also be seen flying around near Link's House in Ordon Village. Interestingly, if Link sends it in the direction of a Cucco, it will grab the bird and bring it back to Link which he will automatically grab onto.
The Light Spirit Eldin appears to be some sort of giant hawk.
- "These carnivorous birds live in plains or highlands. They use their sharp talons and beaks to catch and eat small animals and other birds. They soar calmly through the sky and search for prey from above."
- — Hyrule Compendium
In Breath of the Wild, the eponymous hawk subspecies is called the Islander Hawk. Like most birds, Link can hunt hawks for their meat which is "Prime" quality poultry Raw Bird Thigh. However like Seagulls, Islander Hawks fly around in the sky making hunting them difficult unless Link has a long range Bow or can reach a higher elevation to attack them from. Like Seagulls, flying Crows, and flying Rainbow Pigeons they are not bothered by Link's presence thus Link does not need to be stealthy to hunt them like with most bird species encountered on the ground. Upon leaving the Shrine of Resurrection, Link can spot a Islander Hawk flying around near the cliff overlooking the Forest of Spirits on the Great Plateau. Though killing it is difficult, Link can acquire a Raw Bird Thigh if successful allowing him to acquire valuable "Prime" quality poultry early in his adventure as Islander Hawks are the only birds native to the Great Plateau that drop Raw Bird Thigh. Another Islander Hawk flies near the southern end of the Bridge of Hylia. Link can take a picture of one with the Camera Rune to add its entry into the Hyrule Compendium. Islander Hawks are most commonly found in the Hyrule Field and Hyrule Ridge regions of Central Hyrule. They are solitary predators and thus do not flock together like other birds. Their telltale screech can be used as an audio cue alerting Link that one is nearby.