Wild Wings Research

Ferruginous Hawks Buteo regalis are largest hawks of North America. The name refers to their rust colored legs. Ferruginous hawks will nest on the ground or in short trees in very hot summer environments.They have large mouth gapes that allow them to cool off by gaping, an open mouth breathing behavior of some birds. The large moth also allows them to swallow their food quickly when fending off eagles that try to steal their food. 

Penelope  is a female hawk from a falconry breeding program .Ferruginous hawks are notoriously skittish and difficult to train. She had a good season meeting people during Ramona Hawk Watch 2019. We hope to continue her training with the goal of someday doing flight demonstrations.  

Prairie Falcons Falco mexicanus are a medium-sized falcon species of western North America. They prey on medium-sized birds and mammals. These birds like to nest in tall rocky cliff faces and outcrops. Not as fast as the Peregrine but considered to be one of the hardest hitting falcons when it comes to attacking their prey.

Princess is a female falcon hatched in a wild nest in Colorado. After being hand-reared from a young age but not making a reliable game hawk for falconry, she is being trained for educational programs and flights. 



The Birds

Gyr Falcons Falco rusticolus are the largest falcon species in the world. They are found on Arctic coasts and tundras of North America, Europe, and Asia. Gyrs have several color variations; silver/grey, black, and white. While they are not as fast as the Peregrine falcon, they have much more endurance and will give chase to waterfowl and shorebirds over a long distance. 

Duggar is a male falcon hatched in a falconry breeding program. He was bred to be an abatement bird to keep ducks and other birds away from airports. However, some health issues prevented him from training to be airport security. He now enjoys life as an educational program superstar.