Raptors

Raptor overview Raptors is the term for birds of prey. They may hunt invertebrates, and vertebrates including other birds.

Both the ruru and harrier are relatively common raptors found in New Zealand, and common visitors to Wildbase.

Ruru

The morepork, or ruru, is a small native owl found throughout New Zealand and off shore and outlying islands. Their flight is silent owing to the soft fringes on the edge of the wing feathers. They hunt at night for mice, small birds, moths and large invertebrates.

They are classified as least concern and Wildbase hospital takes in sick and injured morepork from the Manawatu region only. They are commonly seen in hospital with broken bones caused by morepork being hit by cars.

Harrier

Harriers are commonly seen slowly gliding in the sky, watching for prey. Unfortunately they often succumb to the temptation of road kill and subsequently get hit by passing vehicles. This may be due to underlying illness or injury so when a harrier is admitted to Wildbase hospital we never assume it is a simple case of being hit by a car, but strive to investigate the ‘why’ in each case.

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