Based on his small size and pale white feathers, we believe that LaGuardia is a male. He was badly injured at LaGuardia Airport in New York, probably by a blast of hot air from a jet engine. Both wings were badly fractured, and he required surgery and care from rehabilitators. His flight is not strong enough for hunting, so VINS became his permanent home.
LaGuardia still had quite a few dark juvenile feathers when he arrived, leading us to suspect that he was only a year or two old when he was injured. As he grew, the dark feathers were largely replaced by pure white feathers. At first, LaGuardia acted very afraid of people, but he has gradually warmed to our visitors. He often perches directly on the ground, or very close to it, much like wild snowy owls would do while living in the wide expanses of the Arctic tundra.
Like all of our exhibit birds, LaGuardia receives regular health checks twice per year. Our rehabilitators are especially careful to check on the condition of his permanent injury. LaGuardia’s diet consists mostly of mice and rats, with the occasional piece of rabbit.