Birds
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In 2020 Wings of the World joined the farm at Applecast, enabling us to rescue birds and expand our educational programmes. Take a look at our Birds of Prey below.

Spotted eagle-owls are the most common species of owl found in Southern Africa. They have a healthy population in most parts of the country. They are often referred to as urban owls and will live in close proximity to human habitation
The Red-tailed Hawk is one of the most widely distributed hawks in the Americas. It breeds from central Alaska, the Yukon, and the Northwest Territories east to southern Quebec and the Maritime Provinces of Canada, and south to Florida, the West Indies, and Central America. The Red-tailed Hawk occupies a wide range of habitats and altitudes, including deserts, grasslands, forests, agricultural fields and urban areas. They eat small mammals, including rodents and rabbits. They also eat birds, reptiles, fish and insects.
The Bengal Eagle Owl is a fairly large owl with prominent brown ear-tufts. Dark and light morphs of this bird occur. It is also known as the Rock Eagle Owl or the Indian Eagle Owl. Habitat: Rocky Hills with bushes, earth banks, wooded county with ravines, semi-deserts with rocks and bushes. They have been known to inhabit old Mango orchards close to human populations. Bengal Eagle Owls usually hunt from a perch, but will also make low foraging flights to dive on prey. They primarily hunt rats and mice, but will also take birds up to the size of peafowl. They will also eat reptiles, frogs, crabs and large insects. Pellets are up to 150 x 40mm. Generally, these owls will breed from February to April, but this may vary locally between October and May. The nest is usually a shallow scrape on bare earth. This may be on a protected rock ledge, river bank, or a recess in a cliff that is in a ravine. They have also been known to nest on the ground under a bush, or between rocks on a slope. 2-4 white eggs are laid, averaging 53.6 x 43.8mm. They are incubated by the female for 35 days.
The Malaysian Wood owl, also called the Brown Wood Owl, is a fairly large nocturnal owl measuring about 15 inches in length with a wingspan of about 30 inches. This owl is dark brown to black in colour with light brown undersides. Its head is rounded with dark eyes surrounded by lighter coloured facial disks. The diet of the Malaysian Wood Owl consists of small mammals, birds, reptiles, insects and fish. The Brown Wood Owl is a shy, nocturnal bird. Roosts during the daytime in a dark, densely foliaged, often rather lofty tree. If disturbed at roost, this owl will compress itself into a shape resembling a stub of wood, while watching through half-closed eyes. If this fails, it will fly off silently. They are particularly vocal on moonlit nights.
A Barn Owl is a medium-sized raptor that is active at night. Raptors have strong grasping talons for killing prey, and a hooked upper beak for tearing meat. The Barn Owl has a white heart-shaped face and white chest with small brown spots. The back is tawny, marked with black and white spots The Barn Owl is one of the most widely distributed birds in the world, found on all continents except Antarctica. The Barn Owl occupies a wide range of habitats and altitudes, including deserts, grasslands, forests, agricultural fields and urban areas.
The snowy owl is a large, white owl of the true owl family. It is sometimes also referred to, as the polar owl, white owl and the Arctic owl. They are also often known as a "still-hunter", until it spots its prey then they accelerate rapidly in for the kill.
The Eurasian eagle-owl is a species of eagle-owl that resides in much of Eurasia. With their bright orange eyes, mottled feathers, and "ear tufts," Eurasian Eagle-owls are visually striking animals. Their large, powerful feet and strong flight make them effective hunters.
Harris Hawks (Parabuteo unicinctus) is a medium-large sized bird of prey found from North America southward to Central and South America. These birds of prey are highly sociable and are easy to be trained.