About Our Resident Birds

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Bird Presenter and Trainer Adam Winegarden works with Queen Beatrice, the Eurasian Eagle Owl, a member of CRC's Flight Team. Photo by Rex Yau.

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Confidence comes from discipline and training. – Robert Kiyosaki

Whooooo lives here? On the Raptor Trail.

The Raptor Trail is home to 97 Resident Birds of over 35 different species. At any given time, approximately 70 birds are on display, with the rest in flight training behind the scenes, at education programs across the region or delighting crowds at festivals and exhibits.  Our Resident Bird Care staff and volunteers works tirelessly to make sure that each bird is cared for, trained and enriched – creating a high quality of life for those who live here. Our resident bird population is made up of native and exotic species. Each bird has a job to do in educating the public about conservation and environmental issues including habitat, green living and human’s impact on the natural world. Our STEM education program is curriculum based and available to schools across the region in the form of field trips to Carolina Raptor Center and our Mobile Education Team – Wild Wings that travels to schools, libraries and organizations statewide.

Resident Bird Details

  • 97 Residents of 37 Species
  • 2 Eagles, 7 Falcons, 10 Hawks, 10 Owls, 4 Vultures, and 5 Other Species including Corvids, Kites, Harriers, and Osprey

Resident Highlight: Aletta, the Rough-legged Hawk

Rough-legged Hawk Aletta (pronounced Ah-LEE-tah) came to Carolina Raptor Center from a raptor center in Elmwood, Nebraska, as Rough-legged Hawks aren't native to this area. Rough-legged Hawks prefer colder climates, as is evident by some noticable physical adaptations such as a smaller beak, smaller feet, and densely feathered legs. Aletta means “winged one” in Latin and “noble” in Dutch.

Browse our Raptor Directory to learn about the Resident birds at Carolina Raptor Center.