Nearly 25 species of raptors can be found in Georgia at one time or another, with roughly half of them here year-round. Others such as the Swallow-tailed Kite and Broad-winged Hawk migrate from Central and South America to have their young in Georgia. Species such as the Snowy Owl and Northern Goshawk that are typically found in the other parts of the US can sometimes be observed here when weather conditions have been especially harsh. Each of the species on exhibit at CNC is a year-round resident.
What makes birds unique
>> They are endothermic (warm-blooded, can regulate body temperature)
>> They have feathers made of keratin
>> They have hollow bones
>> Their feathers molt annually as new ones grow