Corvo Wild Birds Recovery Centre has a new guest




The Wild Birds Recovery Centre (CRAS) has received a juvenile Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo rothschildi), from the Environmental Services of Terceira. The bird was brought to Corvo thanks to the support of the regional carrier – SATA Air Açores – which insured the necessary steps to a transfer in safety and comfort of the ill bird.

The creation of the CRAS is the result of an initiative of two citizens from Corvo, which was immediately supported by the Regional Government. Thus, the Azores has set up a structure, unique in the archipelago, to restore and rehabilitate wild birds. This center also carries out important actions of environmental education and preservation of species. The structure consists of an area with suitable conditions for the treatment of birds and also includes an outdoor space (enlarged by the end of 2012), which provides suitable conditions for the recovery and rehabilitation of species. Here, the transition between captivity and freedom is insured. The center can be visited, with prior reservation, through the services of Corvo Natural Park.

The bird, who was injured on one of the wings, was collected by a citizen of Terceira and handed to a Veterinary Clinic in the city of Angra do Heroismo. This clinic provided thorough medical care during the period in which the bird remained on that island.

The animal presented lack of primary and secondary feathers, likely to explain its inability to fly. This deficiency justified its sending to the CRAS, which will care for its recovery and rehabilitation, thus insuring a successful return to its natural habitat. As this species does not occur naturally in Corvo and Flores, it is essential that the bird should be returned to nature in one of the islands of the Azores, where it is common, preferably in the same geographical unit it was found.

This bird of prey, whose subspecies is endemic to the Azores, reproduces in forested areas or small groves in the vicinity of meadows, pastures, farmland and others. It feeds on mice, birds, rabbits, reptiles, amphibians, insects and worms. Besides the beauty of its flight and spectacle of its cry, the Common Buzzard is an important structural element in the terrestrial ecosystem of the islands of the central and eastern group. These reasons justify its protection in the Azores archipelago, which proscribes its hunting and requires that active efforts should be developed for its active protection.

Author: Natural Park