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Adopt A Bird

Acadiana Wildlife's Adopt a Bird Program is a fun way to learn about and support avian wildlife. When you adopt one of our resident raptors or rehabilitation patients, you help provide the specialized care needed by the birds living at our facility.  Plus, you have the pleasure and pride of helping to care for the magnificent birds!
Give a gift to someone special while providing for one of our birds!

By adopting a bird, you provide monetary support for caging, specialized diets, and medication for your animal.  In return, you will receive:


  • A personalized certificate with your bird's name and photo

  • The story of how the raptor came to Acadiana Wildlife Education & Rehabilitation

Adoption certificates are available from $25 - $100.
These certificates make a beautiful keepsake and are suitable for framing!

Adopt an Ambassador Bird

Adopt a Bird Chip Mississippi Kite Acadiana Wildlife Education Rehabilitation


Mississippi Kite

Chip is a juvenile Mississippi Kite who came into our care in 2019 as an injured baby. It was later determined that Chip has severe head trauma that causes him/her to have mild seizures. Chip is still non-flighted and completely relies on us for food. Because Chip is so small and because of medical condition Chip spends most of the time in doors. During the warm days Chip spends time outside. Chip loves to eat crickets, super worms, meal worms and the occasional mouse or quail tidbits. Chip is expected to live in captivity for the rest of it’s life. In the wild Mississippi Kite lifespan is 8 years.

Adopt Chip


Adopt a Bird Harley Great Horned Owl Acadiana Wildlife Education Rehabilitation


Great Horned Owl

Harley came to Rehabilitation as an injured baby over 6 years ago. Harley was found by an elderly woman who wasn’t quite sure what she had found in her yard. When her daughter went to visit her she asked her mom what she had living in her sunroom. The mom replied “ It’s kinda like a parrot but it likes to eat chicken” So, my “chicken eating parrot “ has a fused wing which prevents Harley from flying, Harley is considered a permanent cripple. Harley loves chicken. Harley’s favorite treat is a chicken leg. Harley also eats mice, quail, squirrel rabbit and the occasional deer heart tidbits. In the wild great horned owls life expectancy is 28 years but one Education Ambassador at the San Francisco Zoo celebrated 50 years.

Adopt Harley


Adopt a Bird Hibou Great Horned Owl Acadiana Wildlife Education Rehabilitation


Great Horned Owl

Hibou and his/her sibling came to rehabilitation in 2019 as baby owlets who were displaced after a storm blew them out of the nest. They were both rehabilitated and released into the wild on at Acadiana Wildlife property. In an attempt to trap a red tailed hawk for Falconry purposes, Hibou landed on the trap instead. So, Hibou is currently being manned as a Falconry bird. Hibou can also do Educational talks under my Falconry permit. Hibou’s traing is ongoing. Hibou is going through that ugly teenager stage (molting) with the bad hair day. Hibou loves the same food as Harley. And eats almost as much as Harley does. Average 3 to 4 large mice a night, quail, squirrel, rabbit, chicken.

Adopt Hibou


Adopt A Bird Species



Red-tailed Hawks are the most common hawks in the country. They live in a wide variety of habitats and prefer open spaces. Their wings are broad and rounded. The adults have a rusty red tail and dark streaks on their belly. Juveniles have a dark tail with black bands.



The red-shouldered hawk is a medium-sized hawk. Its breeding range spans eastern North America and along the coast of California and northern to northeastern-central Mexico. Red-shouldered hawks are permanent residents throughout most of their range, though northern birds do migrate, mostly to central Mexico.



The sharp-shinned hawk is a small hawk, with males being the smallest hawks in the United States and Canada, but with the species averaging larger than some Neotropical species, such as the tiny hawk.



Cooper's hawk is a medium-sized hawk native to the North American continent and found from Southern Canada to Northern Mexico. As in many birds of prey, the male is smaller than the female. The birds found east of the Mississippi River tend to be larger on average than the birds found to the west.



The American kestrel is the smallest and most common falcon in North America. It has a roughly two-to-one range in size over subspecies and sex, varying in size from about the weight of a blue jay to a mourning dove.



The American crow is a large passerine bird species of the family Corvidae. It is a common bird found throughout much of North America. American crows are the New World counterpart to the carrion crow and the hooded crow. 



The black vulture, also known as the American black vulture, is a bird in the New World vulture family whose range extends from the southeastern United States to Central Chile and Uruguay in South America



Turkey Vultures have a bald head with red skin and white beak. The rest of their body is covered in iridescent black feathers. The juveniles have the same plumage as the adults but their head is black as is the beak.



The Mississippi kite is a small bird of prey in the family Accipitridae. Mississippi kites have narrow, pointed wings and are graceful in flight, often appearing to float in the air. It is not uncommon to see several circling in the same area.



The eastern screech owl or eastern screech-owl is a small owl that is relatively common in Eastern North America, from Mexico to Canada.

This robin-sized nightbird is common over much of the east, including in city parks and shady suburbs, where many human residents are unaware they have an owl for a neighbor. 



The barred owl, also known as northern barred owl or hoot owl, is a true owl native to eastern North America. Adults are large, and are brown to grey with barring on the chest. Barred owls have expanded their range to the west coast of North America, where they are considered invasive.



Barn Owls are long-legged and have dark eyes inside a heart-shaped facial disk. Their feathers on their back and wings are rusty brown with patches of ash-gray and specks of white. The juveniles have the same plumage as the adults.

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