Feeding the Hospitalized Bird of Prey

All raptors consume a meat-based diet ranging from the specialist diet of the fish-eating osprey (Pandion haliaetus) to a generalist diet that can include insects, mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and even carrion. Other than poultry, the exact nutritional requirements of birds are unknown, however the natural raptor diet is always relatively high in protein and fat and low in carbohydrates. Whole prey diets have a calcium/phosphorus ratio of 1.5:1 as the bird actually consumes the bones as well as the meat…

Dave McRuer, DVM

Dave McRuer DVM completed training in preventive medicine at the Wildlife Center of Virginia (WCV) in July 2006, becoming Director of Veterinary Services in 2007. He is responsible for overseeing the WVC teaching hospital, treating and supervising treatment of native wildlife. Dr. McRuer is also a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine and his research interests include zoonotic disease, infectious diseases of wildlife, and avian medicine and surgery.