Meet our Avian Ambassadors – Our Education Birds

Our education birds give visitors a rare chance to go face-to-face with animals that are most often seen far in the distance or high in the sky. Close up, you can observe the intricate pattern of feathers, the impressive size of their talons, and the lively glint in the eyes of these beautiful birds of prey.

  • Our education birds cannot be released to the wild due to injuries or other problems.
  • The World Center for Birds of Prey is not a rehabilitation facility for injured birds. Some rehabilitators have donated birds that are imprinted on humans (too accustomed or reliant on people to be returned to the wild) or if the birds have handicaps that make them non-releasable.
  • We have given our birds names to help us keep track of them, but they are not pets. Though the close bond between the birds and their handlers is obvious, we care for them and train them in ways that best preserve their wild characteristics.

We invite you to visit our birds at the World Center for Birds of Prey.

View our schedule of daily live bird presentations.

American Kestrel

Bob

American Kestrel

Hatched in 2008, Bob was taken as a chick to a rehabilitation facility where he became too reliant on people to be released to the wild. He is skilled at showing the amazing ability of birds of prey to catch food in the air. Undaunted by crowds, he is comfortable flying indoors for a theater full of people, always returning to his handler’s glove for a reward. Bob also participates in the outdoor flight demonstrations held each fall.

Kestrels can be found throughout the Western Hemisphere in a variety of habitats, including urban areas. Despite their wide range, the number of kestrels appears to be declining in some regions, especially the eastern United States. Reasons for this are unclear, but people can help by installing artificial nest boxes in their backyards to provide kestrels with adequate nest sites.

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American Kestrel

Bob
American Kestrel

Harris's Hawk

Cody
Harris's Hawk

California Condor

Condor #C0
California Condor

Ornate Hawk-eagle

Fancy
Ornate Hawk-eagle

Swainson's Hawk

Griffin
Swainson's Hawk

Peregrine Falcon

Gus
Peregrine Falcon

Bateleur

Kwang
Bateleur

Turkey Vulture

Lucy
Turkey Vulture

Lanner Falcon

Makeda
Lanner Falcon

Teita Falcon

Minnie
Teita Falcon

Gyrfalcon

Morley
Gyrfalcon

Aplomado Falcon

Rosa
Aplomado Falcon

Bald Eagle

Skye
Bald Eagle

Aplomado Falcon

Stella
Aplomado Falcon

Bateleur

Stoffel
Bateleur

Eurasian Eagle-owl

Wally
Eurasian Eagle-owl

Western Screech-Owl

Winston
Western Screech-Owl