Swainson’s Hawk

Raptor Info

Name Pava
Species Swainson’s Hawk (Buteo swainsoni)

Hatch Date: Spring 2021
Gender: Female
Reason for Captivity: Vision loss, left eye
Weight: 2 lbs.
Joined TRC Team: March 2022

Pava arrived at TRC’s rehabilitation clinic on August 31, 2021. TRC admitted the hatch-year juvenile Swainson’s Hawk with severe trauma to the left side of her body, emaciation, left eye trauma, and abnormal neurological issues. She was treated for several months in the rehabilitation clinic, but it was eventually determined that Pava’s left eye had a detached retina causing permanent blindness. Hawk species rely heavily on their eyesight to hunt and survive in the wild. Additionally, the most critical time in a bird’s life occurs when they are young and learning from their parents. Since Pava never had this opportunity to learn how to hunt, express the standard fear of humans, and other natural behaviors from her parents, her situation posed unique challenges and she was deemed non-releasable back into the wild. Given that she was slightly habituated to humans, food-motivated, and had a calm demeanor, she was evaluated and determined to become a resident raptor at TRC. Pava was transferred over to the education team in March 2022 and will serve as a teacher and ambassador for her species for years to come.

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