Red-tailed Hawk
, Buteo jamaicensis
Location of Rescue: 
Warren, IN
Admission Date: 
Cause of Admission: 
Crop injury and poor vision

Ruby is our Red-tailed Hawk.  She is the sweetest, most easy going of our education birds.  She loves to be out in the public and is even known to relax and preen (rearrange and oil her feathers) while at a program.  

What caused her original injuries we will never know.  She came from another wildlife rehabber, Ken Groves, in Warren, Indiana.  She had a crop injury that required several surgeries and it quickly became apparent that she had very poor vision.  Ken thought she would make a great education bird for someone, so he patiently hand fed her as she recovered.  She is non-releasable due to her persistent poor vision.  She easily finds her food in her pen, but still has very poor vision.  You may notice her moving her head around differently from the other education birds as she tries to focus on everything!  

Ruby is one of the few that we know her age.  Red-tailed hawks don’t get their red tail until they are two years old and Ruby came to us with the characteristic brown juvenile tail. So her estimated date of birth is the spring of 2006.  Ruby also is rare in that she has a couple white tail feathers instead of the typical red. Ruby is one of our three original education birds and was added to our permits in 2008.  We do believe Ruby is a female due to her large size:  female raptors are larger than males.

  • Obtained from Ken Groves, a wildlife rehabber in Warren, IN
  • Injury: most like suffered an unknown trauma which caused sight problems and a crop infection (which required several surgeries);
  • Estimated hatch year: 2006
  • Added to ed permit 2008

Adoption Gift Options

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What you'll get with the listed donations:

  • $50 - Adoption Certificate and information about your bird’s life.
  • $100 - Additional Benefits: an educational book describing the Raptors of North America and an 8 x 10 portrait of your raptor. 
  • $200 - Additional Benefits: a plush raptor toy and 10 photo cards and envelopes with professional staged pictures of your raptor or a variety of raptors. 
  • $300 - Additional Benefits: a personal photo opportunity with your raptor and a personal tour of our raptor facility. [Requires advanced scheduling with Soarin’ Hawk. 
  • $1000 - Corporate Sponsor: presentation of the sponsored bird at company function, and display your company logo on our web site.