Our Hawks

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Northern Goshawk: Accipiter   gentilis
DOB: 2002          Sex: female Weight: 33 oz.      Wingspan:  36 “
This lovely raptor represents the first accipiter for the Foundation. 
She is an imprinted falconer’s bird who fractured her elbow while pursuing a rabbit in November 2002.  Despite surgery and pinning of the bones, she lost some of her flight and maneuvering ability. Since imprints are non-releasable to the wild, the falconer considered several options for her long-term care before deciding to generously donate her to REF.
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Cooper’s  Hawk: Accipiter cooperii

DOB: unknown     Sex: Male   Weight: 10oz        Wingspan:18″
Our beautiful male Cooper’s hawk is a first for REF.He is a survivor of West Nile virus, which may have infected him when he was only a few days old. In 2004 he was found on the ground in a cemetery in Omaha, Nebraska, with his flight feathers about half-way grown in.  He was weak, and covered with fly eggs and maggots.After removal of the parasites, he was in the process of being raised in isolation of humans (to prevent imprinting) when all of his wing and tail feathers pinched off and dropped, a classic symptom of West Nile virus in raptors.  Shortly afterwards, the retina of his left eye detached, leaving him blind.  This is another devastating outcome of West Nile.
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Harris’ Hawk: Parabuteo unicinctus
DOB: 1994, Sex: male  Weight: 21 oz. Wingspan: 3 ft.

Our Harris’ Hawk was acquired from a captive breeder
to be used in our flying program segments.  This species
is the most commonly used raptor for flying demonstrations.

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  Red-shouldered Hawk: Buteo lineatus
DOB:    Sex:    Weight: 20 oz.     Wingspan: 3 ft.
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Swainson’s Hawk: Buteo swainsonii
DOB:  2013    Sex: male   Weight:  31 oz     Wingspan: 36 in”

Just in time for International Migratory Bird Day on May 12, we welcome the newest addition to our raptor family, a five-year old male Swainson’s hawk! This beautiful little guy, originally from Texas, was taken illegally from the wild as a nestling, along with his sister. His primary and secondary flight feathers were cut off on one wing, presumably to keep him under control, and after confiscation and a year in rehabilitation to molt, he is unfortunately still not able to fly and maneuver properly.

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  Red-tailed Hawk: Buteo jamaicensis
DOB:  2003    Sex: female   Weight:  50 oz     Wingspan: 48 in”
This Eastern subspecies of the red-tailed hawk was found in Nebraska in
September 2003 as an immature bird.  She had an old but minor injury at her
left elbow region and was unable to fly.  During the course of rehabilitation
that fall, she broke her right leg, whereupon it was discovered that the entire
right side of her body was filled with shotgun pellets, some of which
had penetrated her leg bones, which probably caused the break.  Though she is
able to fly and stand fairly well, it was decided not to release her
because she still slightly favors her right leg
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Rough-legged Hawk: Buteo lagopus
DOB: unknown   Sex: female  Weight:30oz     Wingspan: 48″
This adult female rough-legged hawk was found injured and unable to fly on the outskirts of Brewster, Nebraska in December 2004.  Some concerned hunters had seen her in the area for nearly a week and contacted Betsy Finch, head of Raptor Recovery Nebraska.  She has an old fracture in the distal portion of her left radius and ulna, but still has some flight ability.We do not know how old she is; her deep brown eyes indicate that she is at least 2-3 yrs old.
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Red-Tailed Hawk: Buteo jamaicensis harlani 
DOB: unknown  Sex: male  Weight: 32 oz  Wingspan: 3 ft
This red-tailed hawk was confiscated by the Missouri Department of
Conservation in August 2012and brought to the University of Missouri’s Raptor Rehabilitation Project in Columbia, Missouri. In November 2011he likely collided with an unknown object and fractured his right wrist.  From what we and our colleagues at RRP in MO can surmise, he received virtually no medical care whatsoever and was taken to an illegal facility in Missouri, where he was housed in a small cage barely 4 by 4 feet wide and tall.
As a result, he has virtually no movement in his right wing, but is a remarkably calm bird,
considering his previous circumstances. He is also one of the rarest color “morphs”
(also known as “phases”)of the red-tailed hawk:  a light-morph Harlan’s hawk, Buteo jamaicensis harlani .
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Swainson’s Hawk: Buteo swainsonii 
DOB: unknown      Sex: female Weight:  42 oz.       Wingspan: 42 “
This large, rufous-morph female, was found shot in extreme northeastern Colorado in June 2004. She was taken to a rehabilitator in Nebraska, but the injuries to the elbow of her left wing were too severe to allow proper healing.  We do know that she is an older bird; in 2003 we determined that she has cataracts slowly developing in both her eyes.
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Ferruginous Hawk: Buteo regalis
DOB: 1995, Sex: female Weight: 60 oz., Wingspan: 5ft.
This bird came to us in August 1996 from a local falconer who could no longer adequately care for her. She was taken out of the wild at 20 days of age and is imprinted to humans.
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