Birds of Prey

To the untrained eye, it may seem that the raptor enclosures at Oatland Island Wildlife Center are somewhat small. However, they are that way intentionally.  All of our raptors were obtained from wildlife rehabilitators or veterinarians after treatment for various injuries that left them unable to fly.  Non-flighted birds fare better in smaller enclosures with multiple perches to help them maneuver around their surroundings.

American Bald Eagle

Animal Facts

SCIENTIFIC NAME

Haliaeetus leucocephalus

RANGE

Most of Canada and Alaska, all of the contiguous United States, and northern Mexico​

COOL ANIMAL FACT

While flying, bald eagles sometimes grab each other's feet and spin while plummeting to the earth.  Scientists aren't sure why they do this -- perhaps it's a courtship ritual or a territorial battle.

 

Red-Shouldered Hawk

Animal Facts

SCIENTIFIC NAME

Buteo lineatus

RANGE

All of eastern North America and along the coast of California and northeastern-central Mexico

COOL ANIMAL FACT

Red-shouldered hawks have an unusual courtship ritual.  They will fly together and occasionally roll over on their backs.  They can be seen flying upside down for short distances.

 

Black Vulture

Animal Facts

SCIENTIFIC NAME

Coragyps atratus

RANGE

Southeastern United States to Central Chile and Uruguay in South America

COOL ANIMAL FACT

Vultures help clean up the environment as "nature's undertakers".  They have long been perceived as dirty creatures because of their eating habits, but we know understand and work to protect the important role these scavenging birds fulfill.

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