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We incorporated four new raptors to our educational demonstrations

10 de mayo de 2019 Noticias

We incorporated four new birds of prey to our didactic and educational demonstrations with the aim of spreading conservation values ​​of these species, which contribute to the control of pests and the biodiversity of ecosystems. We have received a Harris eagle, a black hawk, a peregrine falcon and a Bengal owl.

This group of raptors belong to species that are protected and included in the Red List of endangered species of the IUCN and the CITES treaty. Within the educational demonstrations, a specific pass has been created focused on the art of falconry and on the important conservation value that these birds represent. They share biological data, morphological characteristics, ecology, curiosities, threats, conservation status and protection measures of the participating specimens, as well as the tools and techniques used by the falconers.

In the biological demonstrations the most significant and differential characteristics of the different types of birds of prey, both day and night, vultures, storks and other species are explained, to raise awareness of their importance at the biological level in the framework of biodiversity and the fragility of its survival in the natural ecosystem. These talks are offered in the morning and afternoon in the amphitheatre of the Asian area.

The hawks are solitary, while the Harris eagle is the only raptor that hunts in group with other specimens, even developing hunting strategies. This species uses its swift flight to dive and pounce on its prey, which are usually rodents or birds, with a capture success of around 90%.

In the case of the Bengal owl it is a large nocturnal raptor. It feeds on large rodents and when it´s time to hunt it takes advantage of the silent beating of its wings to approach its prey by surprise. In general, the raptors are characterized by their exceptional sight and the nocturnal ones also have a very developed sense of hearing, which is conferred by the dissymmetry of their ears that allows them to capture sounds in 3D, thus locating their possible captures with precision during the night.

At present, we have 45 raptors. Part of them are unrecoverable birds that come from recovery centres and that have been assigned for their care by the Administration. When it is verified that these birds are not viable for reintroduction, at terra Natura we try to take care of them and the socialization is possible through contact with the rest of the specimens that live in the zoo.

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