We incorporated four new raptors to our educational demonstrations
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.