Trucker is a probably male (due to size). The World Bird Sanctuary acquired him from a rescue organization in Nebraska where he had received extensive medical treatment. Upon arrival at the World Bird Sanctuary he was released into one of our large mews for observation, where it became obvious that he had become too accustomed to humans to survive in the wild. It was decided that he would make an excellent educational bird, so he was fostered by staff members for the next three months to accustom him to program environments. Since April of 2005, Trucker has become a valued educational bird, traveling to venues throughout the country. Like all creatures, Trucker has his own individual little traits. He has a rubber turtle friend that he loves to toss around and beat up, loves to fling food and make a mess, and does not like the color red. Your adoption fee will help feed, house and care for Trucker in the coming year.


Adoption Fee $100
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Swainson’s Hawk

Buteo swainsonii

Description Slender raptor, slightly smaller in size than a Red-tailed Hawk, with a slightly longer wingspan and slimmer wings than other soaring hawks; common color pattern is dark brown plumage with a brown chest and pale belly; in flight, holds wings in a shallow and teeters in flight like a Turkey Vulture; in-flight diagnostics are pointed wings and two toned effect of pale wing linings and dark flight feathers; adults have a pale body with dark â??bibâ?? on chest and noticeable white throat patch; there are two color variationsâ??a light morph and a dark morph
Sex Sexually mature at 2 years; monogamous
Age high mortality from traffic collisions, shooting, electrocution
Length 17-22"
Wingspan 4-4.5'
Weight 1.5-2.5 lbs
Habitat open grasslands, prairies, farmlands and deserts that have some trees for nesting
Status fairly common
Range summers and breeds in the plains of western North America, as far north as Alaska and as far south as Mexico; winter range is the pampas of Argentina, with a few wintering in Florida
Behavior nests are built of sticks and lined with greenery, usually placed low in a tree, bush or shrub; female lays 2-3 eggs, incubated 34-35 days; young fledge at about 6 weeks; known to congregate in large flocks during winter migration; will follow tractors or stay close to prairie fires in search of disturbed prey
Diet mainly large insects such as dragonflies, but will take rodents, reptiles, amphibians, bats and young or disabled birds during breeding season
Vocalization mostly silent; gives a shrill "kearrr" similar to a Red-tailed Hawk when alarmed or disturbed, or during an aggression display
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