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Parker was brought to the Raptor Center hospital after being found by well-intentioned but misguided community members who presumably hand-reared him. He immediately exhibited uncommon behaviors for a wild bird, watching the humans in the room with curiosity instead of (more appropriately) fear. He was also unusually tolerant during patient treatments. Due to his behavioral abnormalities and a deformed talon on an important hunting toe, staff decided to assess him for his potential as an ambassador on the education team.

Parker is a quick learner with an affable personality, eager to share his personal space with staff members. For exercise and fun, he works with his trainers on his hovering skill, a natural behavior that American Kestrels use in the wild while hunting in open fields.

Spanish bird biographies by CrossCultural Now

Adoptive “Parents” of Parker:
Greg Lusby & Christi Van Deusen • Monica Kundl • Hank Barrong • Theo Goodnight • Parker Charbonneau • Karen Myers • Siena Buchanan • Monte Iadanza • The Kane Family • Billy & Salli Raje • Ed Sakai in loving memory of Leslie Nunn Sakai •  Sherry Wilde • Mountain Rose Herbs