Buteo swainsoni

Cyrus hatched in 2022 and arrived at the ONC in August of the same year. He spent his rehabilitation time at Great Basin Wildlife and Education in Mapleton, Utah. He was found on the ground with an injured eye. An avian eye specialist determined that his eye could not be saved and it was removed.  Cy navigates his enclosure quite well with his one eye and has no problem finding his food when his caretakers hide it to challenge him.

  • Average Weight: 1.5-3 pounds 
  • Wingspan: 46-54 inches
  • Lifespan in the Wild: 20 years
  •  Lifespan in Captivity: 25 years

Fascinating Facts:

Swainson’s Hawks will feed on small mammals but prefer insects like grasshoppers and caterpillars. Large flocks have been seen sitting in fields feasting on insects. Most Swainson’s Hawks travel to South America in the winter.



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