Middlebury was found on a road in Middlebury, VT, 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 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. These social behaviors are welcome signs, showing comfort with their home.
Unlike the raptor species on exhibit, ravens are the largest passerine or songbird, where the males of the species are larger than females. The size difference between Middlebury and Sedona is quite subtle, however on occasion you can observe Middlebury’s “horns,” or tufts of feathers that can be erected above his eyes.