KALLI: American kestrel
Kalli arrived here in January of 2017 (and was, in fact, the first bird to come to the Center in 2017). She was transferred over from the Lindsay Wildlife Experience, where she was dropped off in the fall of 2016 by a family that had, by all appearances, kept her (illegally) as a pet. She arrived at Lindsay Wildlife with nutritional deficiencies because, for at least a month, her finders had not fed her a complete, kestrel-appropriate diet. Thanks to the medical treatment she received from licensed wildlife rehabilitators and veterinarians, she is now a physically healthy bird. Her primary and secondary feathers -- the main flight feathers in her wings -- had also been trimmed at some point prior to her arrival at Lindsay Wildlife, which was further evidence that she had been intentionally kept captive.
Her behavior after her arrival at the Center, coupled with what's known about her history, make it very clear that she is imprinted on humans and thus non-releasable. Her name is Kalliope (Kalli) after the Greek muse Calliope, the muse of vocal harmony, because her trilling begging call (made to volunteers and visitors alike) sounds a little like she is singing.
Kalli is currently being trained to be an educational bird - and she's a natural!