Birds of Prey
Meet the birds
Come and meet one of the birds from Thursday to Monday at 11am and 2pm.
Indian Eagle Owl
Indian eagle-owls, come from the Indian Subcontinent and are usually large owls with “tufts” on their head like those of their African cousins. They live in hilly and rocky scrub forests, and are usually seen in pairs. They have a deep resonant boomi
The majestic Bald Eagle is the proud national bird symbol of the United States and is found all over North America. They live near water and favour coasts and lakes where fish are plentiful, though they will also snare and eat small mammals.
African Fish Eagle
The African Fish Eagle is a fairly large eagle with a distinctive black, brown, and white plumage. As its name suggests it likes to feast on fish and is found mostly near lakes and rivers in Southern Africa, especially in the Rift Valley.
African Spotted Eagle Owl
The African Spotted Eagle Owl is the most common species of eagle owl in Southern Africa. It is identifiable by its prominent ‘ear tufts’ on the top of its head, a feature is shares with all members of the eagle owl family.
With heart-shaped face, buff back and wings and pure white underparts, the crepuscular barn owl is a distinctive and much-loved countryside bird found widely across the UK and all over the world.
This little bird, found mostly in North and South America, is different to most other owls. Whilst other owls are active only at night, a burrowing owl hunts during the day too, taking shelter and nesting in underground burrows it “borrows” from other
Western Screech Owl
A small, nocturnal owl that lives in old cottonwood trees in forests, shrub lands and rural fields in North and Central America. It is identifiable by it’s unique ‘screech’ which is often mistaken for a horse’s ‘whinny’.
Red Backed Hawk
South American birds of prey that are also known as Variable Hawks due to their highly variable plumage. More than 27 distinct adult plumages having been identified – possibly more than in any other bird of prey.
This Hybrid Falcon is a cross between the two largest falcons in the world. The Gyr X Saker can range in colour from dark brown to a beautiful blond. The Gyr Falcon is especially prized by Arab falconers.
Harris’s Hawks are found in North and Central America and are raptors with fairly long tails. They fly on broad, rounded wings. Females weigh nearly twice as much as males.
Bateleur (African Snake Eagle)
The Bateleur is the most famous of the snake eagles, found throughout Sub-Saharan Africa in tree and bush Savannah. Bateleur means ‘tightrope-walker” in French and this name was probably chosen because of this bird’s distinctive aerial acrobatics.
This buzzard lives in the mountains and grasslands on the Southern tip of Africa – mainly in South Africa as well as Namibia, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique and Botswana. It is a medium-sized bird, mostly black with light brown or rust colouring on i
The Lanner Falcon is a medium-sized falcon that breeds in North Africa, south east Europe, the Middle East and as far east as India. A large falcon, it preys on birds and bats.
Lugger Falcons are found in the Indian Subcontinent but their numbers are in severe decline with only an estimated 15,000 individual birds left in the wild. The Raptor Centre is proud to be involved in Project Lugger www.projectlugger.com, helping t
The Raptor Centre is involved in Project Lugger, helping to build a viable gene pool and produce youngsters that can be involved in a strong breeding programme. Giving these beautiful birds a chance to survive.
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