Resident Raptor - Swainson's Hawk
Pan & Taka
Pan (Whose size suggests a female) was stolen as an egg in 1997 from a nest in Colorado. She was raised illegally and ultimately confiscated in Texas. A human imprint, she is not releasable and was transferred to CRC in June 1999.
Taka Is assumed to be male based on size. As an adult, he was brought into UC
Davis Veterinary School's raptor center in September 2001 with an open
fracture of the right wrist and possible pelvic fracture, having been found by a citizen
alongside a road. Though originally thought hit by car, x-rays revealed
that he had been shot. His wing did not heal with sufficient extension to
enable him to fly well enough for hunting or migration.
He was transferred to CRC in April 2003 from another education program in California. 'Taka' is
Japanese for Hawk. The Japanese symbol means 'hawk'.
Swainson's Hawk (Buteo swainsoni)
This is a large, slender hawk of the western plains. The Swainson's Hawk is close in size and shape to the more common Red-tailed Hawk, but has longer, narrower, more pointed wings, and a smaller bill and feet. Three subgroups have been defined by color, and the light form is the most common. These birds have a dark brown head with brown eyes, and dark brown upper parts. A wide brown band on the chest contrasts with a white throat and pale belly. The underside of the wings show white wing linings, contrasting with darkly barred flight feathers, and even darker trailing edges; the tail is gray with many narrow bands, and one wide dark band near the tip. The rufous form of this hawk has a reddish belly, and the dark form is dark overall, with a dark throat - these two subgroups account for less than 10% of the total.
Size - Length: 17 - 22" • Wing Span: 47 - 54" • Weight: 1.3 - 2.7 lb.