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Meet our Animals - Birds

Birds are unique due to their feathers and hollow bones.  See who you can visit at Rock Eagle!


Peace, Pied Ringnect DoveCommon Name: Pied Ringneck Dove
Scientific Name: Streptopelia risoria

Info: The Ringneck Dove is the most commonly kept dove in captivity and descends from the African Ring Dove (Streptopelia roseogrisea). This bird is about 12" from tail to head. The original wild coloring is quite beautiful as are the other forty acknowledged color mutations/combinations. The wild colored bird has brown and gray feathers on the back and wings with a rich rose colored head and breast with a black neck ring.


Eastern Screech OwlCommon Name: Eastern Screech Owl
Scientific Name: Otus asio

Info: A small owl standing only about eight inches high, the screech owl is identified by its prominent ear tufts and white "eyebrows." It is often mistaken for a baby great horned owl. The screech owl has two color phases, gray and red. Ella is a red phase screech owl who is declared non-releasable. She was was attacked by a cat, damaging her right wing severely so she can not fly.

"Cutke"American kestrel

Common Name: American Kestrel
Scientific Name:Falco sparverius

Info: The American kestrel is the smallest falcon found in North America and can be seen all throughout the United States.  Males have a rusty back, blue wings, and a rusty-colored tail with a black terminal band while females have rusty wings, back, and tail, which are all marked with black barring. American kestrels are found in a variety of habitats, including parks, suburbs, open fields, forest edges, alpine zones, and deserts. Cutke (ket-key) came to us from the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey in Florida.   She was found (with her sister) by police when she was just a couple of hours old.  Cutke became imprinted on humans and was deemed non-releasable.  She relies on humans for food and would not survive in the wild.  Cutke joined Rock Eagle staff July 2009.  Her name means small in Muskogee.


Great Horned OwlCommon Name: Great Horned Owl
Scientific Name: Bubo virginianus

Info: The largest of the "tufted" owls in North America, the great horned owl's face is dominated by the large tufts or "horns," yellow eyes, and white throat patch. The large feet are feathered to the ends of the toes. Considered by many to be the most voracious of all raptors, the great horned owl feeds on an extremely wide variety of prey. These include waterfowl, rabbits, squirrels, marsh birds, and rodents. Buddy came to us because of a wing injury. He flew into a barbwire fence and his wing could not be completely repaired.


Common Name: Red-tailed HawkMahaya the Red Tailed Hawk

Scientific Name: Buteo jamaicensis

Info: A large hawk, usually weighing between two and four pounds, this species shows a great deal of individual variation in color. The adult has a red-colored tail that may or may not have a black terminal bar. Being a common hawk, red-tailed hawks are found in open areas with scattered elevated perches, including agricultural areas, fields, pasture, parkland, broken woodland, and scrub desert. Red-tailed hawks feed on a wide variety of prey, mostly consisting of mammals. However, they will also take medium-sized birds and reptiles such as lizards and snakes. Mahaya (meaning teacher in Muscogee) joined Rock Eagle staff in June 2006 due to a wing injury from being hit by a car.