The hospitalized birds of prey

The diurnal and nocturnal birds of prey hospitalized in the Recovery Center of Andreis normally belong to the fauna of the Western Palaearctic. They come mainly from the territory of the park or surrounding areas. The species most often hospitalized in this rehabilitation center are the  following (not in order of prevalence):

Birds of prey

(Pernis apivorus) – Honey-Buzzard
(Milvus milvus) – Red Kite
(Accipiter nisus) – Eurasian Sparrowhawk
(Accipiter gentilis) – Northern Goshawk
(Buteo buteo) – Eurasian Buzzard
(Aquila chrysaetos) – Golden Eagle
(Falco tinnunculus) – Common Kestrel
(Falco vespertinus) – Red-footed Falcon
(Falco subbuteo) – Eurasian Hobby
(Falco peregrinus) – Peregrine Falcon
(Circus sp.) – Harrier


(Tyto alba) Barn Owl
(Otus scops) Scops Owl
(Bubo bubo) Eagle Owl
(Athene noctua) Little Owl
(Strix aluco) – Tawny Owl
(Asio otus) Long-eared Owl
(Asio flammeus) Short-eared Owl

See boards of hospitalized birds of prey

Causes of hospitalization

Cause di ricovero

The type of disease observed in birds of prey is different depending on the type of structure in which the vet works (private veterinary clinic or birds of prey rescue center).

Very often the animals taken to a private veterinary clinic are falconry birds of prey and one of the anatomic parts most affected by disorders in this group of animals are the legs.
In contrast, the main problem of wild birds of prey delivered at a recovery center are the wings.

In a sample of 413 birds of prey of the genus Falco and 767 diurnal birds of prey belonging to the other types in Italy, examined in several Italian recovery centers in the years ’92 -’94, the wing diseases represented respectively 70% and 66% of the hospitalization causes.