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Falcons and Vultures



Falcon - Blaze

CASPIAN, Saker Falcon

Caspian is a male, captive bred Saker Falcon. Saker Falcons are native from Eastern Europe to Asia. This endangered falcon is the second largest falcon species in the world. Due to their size and hunting style they have been coveted as falconry birds for centuries. Caspian is a member of our flying demonstration team and also takes part in our endangered species programs.

Hatched: 5/1/2010         Arrived: 8/13/2010

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Falcon - Blaze

HUNTER, Peregrine Falcon

This Peregrine Falcon was the victim of a collision, either with a car or building, which left her with a permanent injury to her coracoid bone. This injury prevents her from flying at the speeds Peregrine Falcons need to hunt – up to 284 mph!  As an ambassador she teaches people how this species came back from the brink of extinction here in the United States after their population was decimated by DDT.

Hatched: 4/1/2017, Arrived: 5/18/2018

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peregrine falcon Zephyr

VOLTA, Eurasian Kestrel

Volta is a female Eurasian Kestrel that was captive bred for   falconry in the US. She spent several years with a falconer in North Dakota, but due to genetic defects her owner thought she would do best as an education bird instead of a hunting partner. This species is larger than our American Kestrel. Just like the American Kestrel it can do something that few birds are capable of – it can hover!

Hatched: 5/1/2013, Arrived: 10/5/2015

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American Kestrel Arrow


ARROW, American Kestrel

This male American Kestrel came to Hawk Creek from another rehabilitator in the Southern Tier. Arrow was hit by a car and sustained permanent damage to his left wing leaving him unable to fly. American Kestrels, while not as fast as their cousins the peregrine falcon, have the unique ability to hover in a field while hunting.

Hatched: Unknown, Arrived: 7/17/2014

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American Condor Fernando

FESTER, Turkey Vulture

Fester is a Turkey Vulture.




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Turkey Vulture - Barf

BARF, Turkey Vulture

The turkey vulture’s natural defense mechanism, vomiting, is certainly unique. The appropriately named Barf is a human imprint from St. Louis, MO. He was rescued by the World Bird Sanctuary, who were notified of a turkey vulture that kept following people around begging for food. Since imprinting is irreversible, he will remain with us as an example of the need for proper wildlife rehabilitation training.

Hatched: 5/1/2004, Arrived: 6/23/2005

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Egyptian Vulture - Dynasty

CLEO, Egyptian Vulture

With less than a dozen Egyptian Vultures in the country, Cleo is a rare sight. This bird is a vital part of our endangered species education and breeding program at the Center. We have partnered with several organizations in an international search for a suitable mate for Cleo. Vultures in Africa and Asia are critically endangered, including the Egyptian Vulture whose populations have declined between 92%-95% throughout their range due to poisoning. 

Hatched: 5/1/2006, Arrived: 5/5/2015

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Egyptian Vulture - Dynasty

SHADOW, Black Vulture

Shadow was hit by a car and suffered a broken wing which left him incapable of sustained flight. Since vultures do not have a well-developed larynx, they are not able sing or screech – but Shadow has found other ways to express his opinions to his trainers through grunts, loud exhales and foot stomps! He impresses us each day with his intelligence and inquisitive nature as he showcases how important vultures are to our ecosystem.

Hatched: 5/1/2015, Arrived: 4/14/2017

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