Eleanor is a female red-tailed hawk (Bueto jamaicensis) from Preston County, West Virginia. Eleanor was transferred to us from another center that ceased operations. She has vision problems in both eyes which prevents her from being released. We aren't sure what the primary cause of the vision problems is, but it's possibly caused by historic West Nile virus infection. Eleanor is a very large, vocal red-tailed hawk. She enjoys spending time on her swing or on the top of her roosting box.
Red-tailed hawks are the most common large hawk in West Virginia, and one of the ACCA’s most common patients. In the wild, they eat a variety of prey, including mice, rats, rabbits, chipmunks, squirrels, snakes, and sometimes birds. Red-tailed hawk will also scavenge on fresh carrion.