Belize Bird Rescue rehabilitates fledgling black hawk


Belize Bird Rescue was established in 2004. The purpose was for the protecting of parrots and taking in those that were held captive illegally or were abandoned and hurt. It has since expanded its protection of even more birds, and one lucky winged animal to benefit from the care and attention of Belize Bird rescue is a black hawk which regained its freedom yesterday.

Sarah Mon:

vlcsnap-2013-08-09-13h40m42s137She is a fledgling, about four or five months old. She came in as a pre-fledgling, so from the nest she hadn’t branched yet.  We watched her go through that process. We took care to make sure she did not imprint on humans., so she was not dependent on them.  She’s ready.



Jonathan Urbina:

vlcsnap-2013-08-09-13h20m40s134It’s actually a common black hawk.  What’s really important about these raptors is that they like eating crabs, any other unwanted vermin that lay around.  They will take care of it and they will feed on it.  We’re trying to let the people of Belize know these are very important.  Try not to kill them, shoot them, instead appreciate them for what they have.  This guy was just lucky to have a second chance.  Some good Samaritan took him over and we said we’ll take care of him, and here he is now.


The bird is originally came from Caye Caulker and was released in another caye, San Pedro. Jonathon Urbina told us more about the bird’s journey to the Rescue Center and why it is being released in another Caye.

Jonathan Urbina:

vlcsnap-2013-08-09-13h42m14s26This individual came from a nest in Caye Caulker.  Its parents decided to build a nest within a yard.  The parents became very protective and they would attract people coming around.  So the chick was removed and was sent to Belize Bird Rescue which is located in Roaring Creek.  In the process of it being moved, it broke several bones, and this was part of the rehabilitation center.  Sarah fed them.  They had to do several bandages.  [They had to] do some flight training.  Now it’s at the level where it is now.  It’s ready, good to go.  It’s been able to hunt on its own, even though we had been its parents to a certain extent.  Now she’s ready to go.  We’re thankful to Maya Island Air. They have the courtesy to fly vlcsnap-2013-08-09-13h33m49s87us to San Pedro and release it there, in the north side of san Pedro.  It’s not going to go back to Caye Caulker, because that’s where it’s considered a troubled bird, and we don’t want anything to be happening to this species.  We’re trying to be advocates of protecting the species, and giving these guys a second chance, and this is where the people at the Belize Bird Rescue come in.

A family in San Pedro will be the parents for the next three weeks. Sarah Mon told us that the release is referred to as  a soft release. They opened his kennel to let him out but he will stay in the area where the family will find crabs for him. Over time, it is expected that he will stop going to the family for the food as he will get used to the area and become acquainted with his territory.

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