The monster's name comes from PowerHouse Animation's model sheet. Characters in Skull Island do not refer to the Hawk Monster by any specific name other than a bird or Big Bird, the latter likely in reference to the Sesame Street character of the same name. The creature was also called a hawk by the unnamed Skull Islander girl.
The Hawk Monster resembles a giant hawk with a long plumed tail. It has a crest on its head and its tail splits off into several ends. Its feathers are light red and it has dark red feathers on the tip of its wings, crest, and tail. Its eyes are yellow and its feet are orange in color. It has a hooked beak with three sharp talons on each foot.
The younger version of the Hawk Monster seen in "You're Not A King, You're Just A Stupid Animal" was smaller in size. The dark red feathers on its crest, wings, and tail were much shorter.
While Irene and her group of mercenaries were walking through a field in Skull Island, she noticed that the grass was being rustled by wind. Suddenly, the Hawk Monster flew by, causing the group to flee. One of the mercenaries was unable to escape due to his leg injury, causing him to be captured by the Hawk Monster. Irene's men tried to save him by shooting at the giant bird, but failed. Later that day, they saw the hawk resting on a mountain.
Years prior, a younger Hawk Monster grabbed a Grass Hedgehog and took it to Kong's temple, where the ape ate it. The Hawk Monster later discovered the carcass of a Sker Buffalo, alerting Kong and a Skull Island girl he had befriended to its location. The three then took off to find the monsters responsible for the buffalo's death. Eventually, they reached a canyon ledge, where three Killer Chameleons feasted on a monster's carcass.
During Kong's battle with the Killer Chameleons, the Skull Islander was knocked off the canyon ledge by one of the reptiles. As she fell, the Hawk Monster swooped down and caught her. As the hawk glided through the air, a chameleon leaped and grabbed onto its leg, then bit into it, causing it to screech out in pain. It then rolled in the air, making the Killer Chameleon lose its grip and fall. However, the chameleon launched its tongue at the islander and brought her down with it, much to the hawk's shock. As a pile of large rocks landed on Kong and the islander, the Hawk Monster looked on and called out for its two allies. Seeing the two emerge from the rubble, the hawk flew up, screeching victoriously.
After the Skull Islander and Kong's argument, the hawk perched itself on the ape's arm as the latter walked off.
The Hawk Monster is a strong flier. It can swiftly swoop down to catch smaller targets and perform a rotating aerial maneuver to free itself of foes' grasps.
The Hawk Monster is capable of grabbing smaller targets with its talons.
Its durability is largely undemonstrated, though it was able to withstand being bitten by a Killer Chameleon without bleeding.
- Main article: Hawk Monster/Gallery.
- In "You're Not A King, You're Just A Stupid Animal", the Hawk Monster performs an aerial maneuver reminiscent of Rodan's barrel roll in Godzilla: King of the Monsters.
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