Barred Owl Facts:
~Great Horned Owl is the most serious predatory threat to the Barred Owl. Although they often live in the same areas, the Barred Owl will avoid parts of its territory occupied by a Great Horned Owl.
~The belly feathers of some Barred Owls are pink. This coloring may be the result of eating a lot of crayfish.
Colin & Russell, are two American Crows. Colin was brought to Wildbird Recovery, Inc. as a juvenile with two broken wings. The fractures had already healed improperly leaving him with reduced flight capabilities so he cannot be released. Russell was transferred from another rehabilitation center. He is an ‘imprint’, an animal raised not able to recoginize his own species. He unfortunately has no idea he is a crow….
American Crow Facts:
~Crows live in families of about 15 individuals that stay together for many years and protect one another, this is called a ‘murder’.
~Crows are very intelligent and love to collect shiny objects that they hoard in various places.
Aleron & Lucian, Eastern Screech-Owls, were transferred to Wildbird Recovery from other rehab centers. Aleron is the ‘red phased’ owl and has an eye injury probably due to a collision with a car. Lucian, the ‘grey phased’ has some head trauma, also probably also due to a collision with a car. They are both unable to fly and hunt well enough to survive in the wild. Their calm disposition allows him to be kept in captivity for use in education programs.
Eastern Screech-Owl Facts:
~Eastern Screech-Owls come in red and grey. Red is most common in the east.
~European Starlings will chase Screech-Owls out of their nests and use it for themselves even though Screech-Owls prey upon Starlings.
American Kestrel Facts:
~The American Kestrel is the smallest falcon in North America.
~When American Kestrels are hunting, they frequently hover above, then drop down onto their prey.
~Kestrels are one of the most colorful raptors in the world.
Red Tail Hawk Facts:
~Red-tailed Hawks have been seen hunting as a pair, guarding opposite sides of the same tree to catch tree squirrels.
~The Red-tailed Hawk has a thrilling, raspy scream that sounds exactly like a raptor should sound. At least, that’s what Hollywood directors seem to think. Whenever a hawk or eagle appears onscreen, no matter what species, the shrill cry on the soundtrack is almost always a Red-tailed Hawk.
For more information on the Red Tail Hawk, visit the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s website by clicking here.
Sir William Wallace – He is the one and only education bird that we have that can be kept as a pet. He is a Rock Dove aka a pigeon, and his color is called Extreme Dark Check. He was dropped of at our facility as a very sick young bird. When we take him to do education programs, he usually steals the show as he walks around in his harness, getting close enough and brave enough for the attendees to give him a very gentle ‘pet’.
~ Pigeons carried messages for the U.S. Army Signal Corps during World War I and II, saving lives and providing vital strategic information.
~Pigeons can find their way home, even if released from a distant location blindfolded. They can navigate by sensing the earth’s magnetic fields, and perhaps also by using sound and smell. They can also use cues based on the position of the sun.
For more information on Pigeons, visit the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s website by clicking here.