Our patient ended up at the Wild Bird Fund after being picked up at the Metro Tech Center of Brooklyn unable to stand or fly. Something had hit him very hard in the air, breaking both of his coracoid bones, so he was very dehydrated and underweight. Coracoid bones, unique to birds, connect the wings to the sternum and allow them to fly.
What attacks in the air with enormous force? Other peregrine falcons.
The DEC surmised that our young patient had flown into another falcon's territory and got attacked. The sheer force of a peregrine falcon dive, which can reach over 200 mph, can kill a bird on impact.
After two days of rehydration at the Wild Bird Fund to stabilize him for transit, and with a brand new shiny tag around his ankle, this young peregrine falcon was transferred to The Raptor Trust in New Jersey. He made a complete recovery and was able to be released back into the wild, adding yet another new member to this recovering species.
Story: Sara Alaica Photos: Fred Cohen Photography