Learn About Augie

  • Classification: Bird
  • Species: Augur Buzzard (Buteo augur)
  • Lifespan in Captivity: 30+ yrs
  • Lifespan in the Wild: 10-20 yrs
  • Wingspan: 4-5 ft
  • Weight: 2-3 lbs
  • Range in the Wild: Eastern Africa
  • Habitat in the Wild: Open Savannah, highlands, cultivated land with adjacent mountains
    • Diet in the Wild: reptiles, small mammals, ground-dwelling birds, carrion, insects
    • Diet at Wildlife Images: rodents, poultry, donated meats
    • Gender: Male
    • Arrival: October 1998

Augie is a real people lover—we commonly use him to train new handlers—noisy, curious, and highly sociable (unless you’re a snake! – Augie was once in the outdoor weathering yard and a tiny garter snake wandered across his path. Augie was clearly unhappy with the snake’s proximity, vocalizing and acting quite frantic on his perch). Augie is also quite the chatterbox! One of the two of the BOP’s most talkative tenants (the crows even started mimicking their calls when they were housed next to each other in BOP), they do a fantastic job of illustrating our animals’ individuality: both birds are the same species, born at the same sanctuary, and housed together for over ten years, yet one is extremely social, the other a bit more “discerning” about who he deals with.