Honeysuckle came to the Carolina Raptor Center in 1988 with a gunshot wound to the wing. She is a Red Tail Hawk. She carries a leucistic gene which means after every molt she has more and more white feathers. She is completely white now except for a couple of black feathers on the back of her head. Her right wing had to be amputated due to the gunshot wound and she is blind so she is completely dependent on her caregivers.
The Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) is a bird of prey, one of three species colloquially known in the United States as the “chickenhawk,” though it rarely preys on chickens. It breeds throughout most of North America, from western Alaska and northern Canada to as far south as Panama and the West Indies, and is one of the most common buteos in North America. Red-tailed Hawks can acclimate to all the biomes within its range. There are fourteen recognized subspecies, which vary in appearance and range. It is one of the largest members of the genus Buteo in North America, typically weighing from 690 to 1600 grams (1.5 to 3.5 pounds) and measuring 45–65 cm (18 to 26 in) in length, with a wingspan from 110 to 145 cm (43 to 57 in). The Red-tailed Hawk displays sexual dimorphism in size, with females averaging about 25% heavier than males. – Wikipedia
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