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Eurasian eagle owl - Dragon

DRAGONEurasian eagle-owl

This female Eurasian Eagle Owl arrived at our Center from the World Bird Sanctuary of St. Louis, MO where she was bred for education. This is the largest owl species in the world. Dragon is aptly named because of her fiery personality, amazing orange eyes and huge wings. Her call is a low pitched hoot that can be heard for up to 2.5 miles. You may have noticed this type of owl delivering the mail in the popular Harry Potter movies.

Hatched: 4/26/2003, Arrived: 7/1/2003

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Eurasian eagle owl - DragonARGIEEurasian eagle-owl

This male Eurasian Eagle Owl came to our Center on breeding loan from one of our partners to pair with our female, Dragon.  Argie had been showing all of the signs of wanting to be a dad, he even helped raise an orphaned Red-tailed Hawk chick! These two birds were unsure of each other at first, but they bonded over their mutual dislike of the tractor and have been inseparable ever since. Dragon had been laying and incubating eggs for several years– but with Argie, they successfully raised their first chick together in 2017.

Hatched: 5/1/2006, Arrived: 5/12/2016

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snowy owl - Hedwig

AURORA, snowy owl

Aurora is a snowy owl.

 

 

 

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snowy owl - Hedwig

OOKPIK, snowy owl

Ookpik is a snowy owl.

 

 

 

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barred owl - Merlin

MERLIN, barred owl

Merlin, a male Barred Owl, was brought to the Center when he was found on the side of the road after being hit by a car. When he arrived he was unable to even hold his head up and his prognosis was guarded. After months of rehabilitation Merlin was nursed back to health but due to head trauma and being blind in one eye he was not a candidate for release. Merlin gives people the opportunity to meet one of our area’s most common owl species up-close.

Hatched: Unknown, Arrived as an adult: 10/16/2014

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spectacled owl - Dumbledore

DUMBLEDORE, spectacled owl

Dumbledore, a Spectacled Owl, was captive-bred at the World Bird Sanctuary in St. Louis, MO for education. His name comes from the feathers around its bright yellow eyes that look like spectacles. Adults have dark heads with white “spectacles,” while juveniles have white heads with dark feather masks. He helps to educate and promote the importance of preserving biodiversity and the rainforest he comes from.

Hatched: 5/2001, Arrived: 3/18/2009

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Great horned owl - Yoda

TWILIGHT, Tawny owl

Twilight is a female Tawny Owl that was captive bred for education. They are one of the most common owls found in Europe but there are very few of these owls in facilities here in the U.S.   Tawny Owls are best known for their role in the Harry Potter movies where they busily delivered mail to Harry and his friends. They are very similar to our native Barred Owl.

Hatched: 4/20/2014, Arrived: 7/10/2014

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spectacled owl - Dumbledore

NUMBI, african spotted eagle owl

Numbi was captive bred in the US from birds imported from the UK by Jemima Parry-Jones. There are only ten of these beautiful owls in the US so he is a treat for people to meet and he certainly doesn’t mind getting up-close and personal with his fans! This is the smallest of the eagle owl species and their diet reflects this as they primarily eat insects, small mammals and reptiles.

Hatched: 5/1/2006, Arrived: 4/5/2016

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Great horned owl - Yoda

ECHO, Great Horned Owl

Echo was found as an owlet and illegally raised by an unlicensed individual in a pet store. When the person realized they were in over their heads they tried to get Echo to a licensed facility and were repeatedly told that Echo would be euthanized since he was imprinted on humans. One day Hawk Creek was tagged in a Facebook post of all things to see if we could help poor Echo! He now lives at the Center and is a beautiful example of why these birds are known as “tigers of the sky!”

Hatched: 3/1/2017, Arrived: 4/14/2018

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