Quinn is a female dark-morph Ferruginous Hawk (Buteo regalis). She is the newest member of the IRFC Flying Team! She came to us in December 2018 from another falconer who had time constraints due to starting graduate school. We are her 4th home so, we are thrilled to be her forever loving family and will keep this ‘Beasty Princess’ busy in her new job! She was wild trapped by her first falconer as a ‘brancher’ in Utah in spring of 2014 so, Quinn is five-years-old. She is considered a ‘soft imprint’. This means she knows she is a hawk but was exposed to humans at a young age; therefore, has a fondness for human company as well. She is a dark-morph so, she does not look like a typical Ferruginous Hawk…she is darker! This is a genetic mutation.
Ferruginous Hawks are super cool! They are our largest hawk (Buteo) species in North America and are considered a specialist. They have a narrow range that encompasses the western North American prairies. They prey almost exclusively on prairie dogs, which is why they have such small feet for their massive body size. You cannot have big feet if you need to catch prairie dogs in their holes!
Weighing in at nearly 1900g, which is nearly five pounds, Quinn is a BIG girl! Which is why we lovingly call her the ‘Beasty Princess’.
The Ferruginous Hawk is a ‘Species of Conservation Concern’. This means this is a species at risk! This mostly due to their narrow range and the lack of research data on this species.
Northern Arizona is lucky enough to be one of the few regions that has this species year-round. You will have to come meet this special Beasty Princess in person at one of our events or book one of our experiences!