Animal Embassy provides a home to a number of beautiful birds. They play an important role in our educational programming and are an integral part of our family. Pictured above is Taiga, the Eurasian Eagle Owl (Bubo Bubo). This species is among the world's largest owls. They inhabit a vast area including much of Europe and Asia, and parts of northern Africa. They can be easily identified by their large stature, prominent ear tufts and bright orange eyes.
Animal Embassy’s Eurasian Eagle owl is named Taiga, after one of the biomes that is home to her species. Above, she is pictured with Chris Evers, our director & founder. The Taiga is also referred to as boreal forest. This species thrives in many climates and Taiga appreciates all seasons. The Eurasian Eagle owl is found in a number of habitats, including a variety of wooded habitats. They also live in open habitats with some trees and rocky areas such as taiga, farmlands and grasslands. The Great Horned owl (Bubo virginianus), a large owl native to the Americas, is often compared to the Eurasian Eagle owl (Bubo bubo). They are closely related species; both within the same genus “Bubo.” The Great Horned owl also inhabits a very wide range, including North America, Central America and South America.
Eurasian Eagle owls are mostly nocturnal (active at night). Their strong flight and large, powerful feet make them powerful hunters. Like many raptors, these owls are Apex predators; they hunt other animals for food but no animals hunt them on a regular basis. Apex predators play an important role in nature by helping to control populations of prey animals as well as maintaining a balance in the ecosystems in which they live. For most Apex predators, their only threat is humans.
Interestingly, this species was extirpated in Great Britain, probably in the medieval period. Extirpation is the local extinction or the condition of a species that ceases to exist in a specific geographic area, although it still exists elsewhere. Local extinctions may be followed by a replacement of the species taken from other locations, such as with wolf reintroduction. Reintroduction has occurred in Great Britain and because the species has been absent from the British avifauna for such a long time, an assessment of the likely impacts of its return has been undertaken.
Taiga travels with us to schools, libraries and other program venues.
Read about beautiful Inca, the Spectacled owl (pictured above) in our earlier blog post here:
Sydney, an Eclectus parrot, is expressive, curious and feisty. He was adopted in 2010 as his family no longer wished to keep him. At the time, he was 3 years of age, and is truly a beloved bird in his home with us. He will likely be making us smile for many years to come.
Education & Animal Care specialist, Kevin, takes Sydney to a preschool in Westport for a special program. Sydney often visits schools and libraries as part of our outreach programming. His sharp beak helps us to teach children about animal adaptations.
Sydney also plays an important role in our internship program. He is included in training of proper handling techniques. Because of his very sharp beak, he must be handled carefully.
He is often first on the scene when donated fresh produce from Whole Foods Market arrives!
Pradesh, a Peahen, joined us in the spring of 2014. A male is called a “peacock,” while a female is called a “peahen.” The young offspring are called “peachicks.” Above, an Intern Kristen handles the adorable peachick.
As a peachick, Pradesh traveled with us throughout Connecticut and New York, visiting libraries and delighting many people of all ages.
He grew quickly during the summer. Above, he visits a library.
He is now quite large and a delight to be around. As an imprinted bird, he was hand-raised and accustomed to interacting with humans. Peafowl are forest birds that nest on the ground, but roost in trees.
Shamu, a Black Swede duck, was incubated and born at Animal Embassy. A family brought an egg to Animal Embassy which they had found abandoned. Education & Animal Care Specialist Robin provided swimming lessons early on.
Shamu quickly came to be loved by our staff and interns as he grew during the summer. Part of raising him was the provision of swimming lessons. Above, another of his early lessons with Animal Care Specialist Eric.
Education & Animal Care Specialist, Jenn, enjoys feeding Shamu.
Above, more swimming breaks with staff and interns as Shamu grows up.
Two beautiful new additions to the Animal Embassy family are Red, the Scarlet Macaw and Tiki, the Cockatoo, whom we are fostering. Above, Chris bonds with Red. Every animal we adopt or rescue results in increased responsibility and expense. Parrots can be very long-lived and their care is time consuming.
They can also be rewarding to work with and very affectionate.
Education & Animal Care Specialist, Kristia, spends time with Red and Tiki. Upon bringing any life into your home, careful study is important in making a proper decision. Parrots are extremely intelligent and as a pet, can bond with one individual. This can lead to aggression towards family members or friends.
The birds are settling into their new home at Animal Embassy. We hope they will eventually take part in our outreach programs.
These animals are all amazing ambassadors for wildlife,
the environment and indeed for all of us.