Swainson's Hawk

This mature Swainson's Hawk was found in Idaho and was unable to fly. Upon further investigation, TRC staff determined that he has lead toxicity. Fragments of lead were spotted in his GI tract during a routine X-ray, and our blood-lead analyzer confirmed the presence of lead in his system. X-rays also show evidence of a right coracoid (collarbone) fracture, likely from a collision because birds with lead toxicity often lack coordination.

Date Admitted: 8.7.17

Location Found: Shelley, ID

Update: We have finished treatment for lead poisoning and are waiting for the fractured coracoid to heal before flight training.

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