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: His blood-lead level has been low for quite some time, and his coracoid fracture has healed! We are regularly flight training him now.

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