Hospitalized birds of prey

Tawny owl

allocco

  • Length: 35-40
  • Wingspan: 90-100 cm

    Weight:

  • Male: 300-500 gr.
  • Female: 400-650 gr.

Like all owls the tawny owl has large eyes that denote visual acuity even in critical visibility; soft plumage and plumed tarsus to avoid any kind of noise in hunting actions; facial disc that focuses the sounds produced by preys on the ear canals, facilitating the identification of the same.

Most common causes of injuring: like most owls, it is often victim of road traffic. Not infrequently the chicks of this species, not able to fly yet, walk out of the nest and are collected by people because believed injured.

Golden eagle

Aquila

  • Length: 80-90 cm
  • Wingspan: 210 cm
  • Weight: 3000-6000 grams

The golden eagle is the symbol of the Friulian Dolomites Park, throughout which it is well distributed. It loves open places, such as alpine meadows, where it hunts its preys, and the most inaccessible mountain ranges. It is distinguished, when flying, for the disproportion between the wingspan and the size of the body and for its well visible head and tail.

Most common causes of injuring: The Andreis’ example was wounded by a firearm shot.

Mortarboard

Sparviere

Length:

  • Male: 25 cm
  • Female: 38 cm

Wingspan:

  • Male: 53 cm
  • Female: 80 cm

Weight:

  • Male: 167 gr.
  • Female: 250 gr.

It should be reminded for its similarity to the goshawk but thanks to their different sizes (the hawk is much larger) they occupy different areas in the forest: that is to say, both feed on birds but of different sizes.

Most common causes of injuring: impact against man-made structures (nearly invisible wireframe fences, glass or Plexiglas barriers) make them the species that reports injuries due to strikes more than any other.

Kestrel

Gheppio

  • Length: 30-35 cm
  • Wingspan: 70-80 cm
  • Weight: 110-270 gr.

Males and females have clear physical differences: the female is mottled brown with dark spots, while the male has a gray head and tail feathers. One of the aspects that most characterizes this species is the hunting technique, called “holy spirit”. Flapping its wings upwind the animal remains suspended in the air,  more or less in the same position. Meanwhile it observes the ground below looking for preys. When one is found it dives headlong on it.

Most common causes of injuring: electricity cables supported by different type of structures (pylons, poles, etc …) used to rest seems to be the most responsible for the disability of this species

Buzzard

Poiana

  • Length: 50 cm
  • Wingspan: 110 cm
  • Weight: 800-1200 gr.

Even for a buzzard, like all the rest of birds of prey, the female is larger than the male. One of the unique aspects of this species is the habit to sit comfortably perched on telephone poles and the like, along roads and highways, from which they hunt by stakeout: as soon as they see a prey they launch themselves to capture it.

Most common causes of injuring:  it’s the species that most of all gets the “wrath” of the less tolerant hunters because of its diet that, from time to time, includes small hares and pheasants.

Peregrine falcon

Falco pellegrino

  • Length: 36-48 cm
  • Wingspan: 95-110 cm
  • Weight: 280-1300 gr.

It has a body shape suited to the fast flight, which uses to launch itself as a “torpedo” at 300 km /h on its preferred prey consisting of other birds, which are impacted violently in flight and wounded with the claws. In the 60s, the presence of this falcon sharply decreased in many regions of the planet, because of the use of toxic substances such as DDT that was absorbed through its intoxicated prey. The problem occurred when the peregrine falcon laid the eggs, which were formed with such a thin shell to break under the belly of the female.
Most common causes of injuring: it may happen that hawks like these incur violent shocks against natural or man-made structures.

Goshawk

Astore

Length:

  • Male: 35-40 cm
  • Female: 50-60 cm

Wingspan:

  • Male: 66-80 cm
  • Female: 100-120 cm

Weight:

  • Male: 660-1000 gr.
  • Female: 1000-1500gr.

It has a body shape suited to the fast flight, which uses to launch itself as a “torpedo” at 300 km /h on its preferred prey consisting of other birds, which are impacted violently in flight and wounded with the claws. In the 60s, the presence of this falcon sharply decreased in many regions of the planet, because of the use of toxic substances such as DDT that was absorbed through its intoxicated prey. The problem occurred when the peregrine falcon laid the eggs, which were formed with such a thin shell to break under the belly of the female.
Most common causes of injuring: it may happen that hawks like these incur violent shocks against natural or man-made structures.