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MEET OUR BIRDS

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE

As a new conservation effort, we are growing and each month adding to the species that we are able to offer exposure to and education about.  Our main goal is conservation and protection of birds of prey through education and personal experience and knowledge. These truly are the superheroes of the living world, including the fastest living, breathing animal (the peregrine falcon) and their longevity and survival depends on our understanding of their key role in evolution and our own survival as a species.  These birds, though NEVER PETS, are part of our family, cared for and treated with the upmost concern for their well-being and quality of life. We do not have any birds that are not free-flown regularly at different points of the season.  We are expecting (literally this breeding season) shortly the arrival of a MASSIVE Eurasian Eagle Owl as a baby imprint, which will be very fun, as well as a barbary, and soon we hope ….. an EAGLE!  But our experiences are still FULL of FUN, EXCITEMENT AND MAGIC. You will only want to return again for future arrivals.


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Sophia

Saker Falcon – Falco Cherrug

The second largest falcon on the planet after the Gyr Falcon and before the Peregrine, the Saker originates in Asia.  They are a desert falcon, known to range as far as the Altai Mountains, and preferred for their endurance and tenacity at pursuing prey over long distances, known for their braking ability (longer tail) and high G-force turn ratio. This species breeds from central Europe eastwards across the Palearctic to Manchuria. It is mainly migratory except in the southernmost parts of its range. The saker falcon is the national bird of Hungary, United Arab Emirates, and Mongolia.

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Abe

Augur Buzzard – Buteo Augur

The African version of North America’s Red Tail Buzzard (Hawk). The Buteo Augur is roughly the same size and pursues the same type of prey. Abe was hand-reared because an extreme snow storm caused his parents to stop rearing him, so he became an “imprint” (ie, imprinted to whoever raised him from his tender age of just days). He is therefore very comfortable around humans and easy to see up close and fly to the fist of guests. He has a lovely temperament for a “killer”.

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Rufus

American Kestrel – Falco Sparverius

Rufus has now been released back to the wild after hunting season.  As an indigenous species, we are not allowed to use him in our displays/talks; however, we do educate you about this species, America’s smallest falcon, during the displays/talks/events. Do not confuse them with sparrow hawks as they are not, even though Wikipedia says they are!

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Houdini

Aplomado Falcon – Falco Femoralis

Houdini is used personally by me for falconry only but like our other indigenous species, we DO educate ABOUT him.  Named for his ability to squeeze through tiny spaces to get out to the big wide world (although he always came back!), Houdini has an outrageously bright and chatty personality, much bigger than his actual size!  He is also an imprint and loves to sit on the fist, to fly to the fist, to fly to the lure, to just fly anywhere.  He regularly busts other birds of prey out of trees and even sings OPERA!  The flight style of this southern american species (Peru/Mexico/southwest US) is true glory to watch, the maneuverability coupled with their absolute bratty tenacity captures my breath and keeps me enthralled.  They truly are the “chihuahua” of the raptor world.

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Pedro

Lanner Falcon – Falco biarmicus

We are currently awaiting the arrival of Pedro, eager to use him in our demos/displays/talks/parties.  We are importing him from our previous location as soon as we can arrange all the legalities.

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Maggie

Aplomado Falcon – Falco femoralis

Maggie is our female aplomado, originating from the Peruvian subspecies of this wonderful “aplumed” falcon we like to call the “chihuahua” of the raptor world.  Members of the public cannot handle them. We simply educate you to appreciate their beautiful aerial and light style of pursuit flight.

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Petal

Eurasian Eagle Owl – Bubo bubo

Eurasian Eagle-owls are found throughout much of Europe and Asia and in parts of northern Africa. Eurasian Eagle-owls seem to do well in most types of habitat if there are available nesting spots and adequate prey. Eurasian Eagle-owls are mostly nocturnal, or active at night. They spend their days roosting, or resting, in a safe perch. If they spend too much time on the ground, even these top predators may fall prey to opportunistic ground predators like foxes.