hōku means "Hawk" in English.
It's a katakanization, a loan-word.

  • vs.
    Both taka and washi refer to members of the Accipitridae family. One difference is that taka usually refer to the smaller birds, while washi refers to the bigger ones, although there are exceptions. Another difference is that taka are easier to domesticate. [1]
hōku is normally written with katakana, as ホーク.
hōku written with hiragana is ほーく.
hōku does not have kanji.
Romaji hoo ku

Orthography Notes

Homonyms & Similar Words

  • hooku ホーク also means "fork" in Japanese.


  • "Falconry" in Japanese is takagari 鷹狩.[2]


Further Reading

Wikipedia: (Hawk)
  1. 鷹と鷲の違いを教えてください -, accessed .
  2. 鷹狩 -, accessed .