As his name suggests, Middlebury is a local bird from Middlebury, Vermont. He was found on a road with a fracture in the radius and ulna of his right wing. He also had birdshot in his left pectoral muscle, implying that he was shot illegally at some point in his past. His injuries left him with a drooping right wing and permanently impaired flight.
When Middlebury was added to our exhibit in 2001, he bonded quickly with our female raven, Sedona. Although our birds do not breed, they may show some courtship behaviors. Middlebury and Sedona often preen one another or perch closely together with their beaks interlocked. They also call to one another with a variety of bizarre croaks. Our rehabilitators are glad to see these social behaviors because it’s a sign that the birds are comfortable here.
The Center for Wild Bird Rehabilitation ensures that all exhibit birds receive biannual health checks and a variety of nutritious foods. Our ravens are one of our few non-raptor species, so they must eat fruit and vegetables in addition to meat. Corn, apples, and peanuts are some of their favorites.