Maverick, the Merlin, is a big personality in a little feathered body. As soon as he hopped out of his crate he owned the place. Merlins are small, powerful falcons that feed primarily on songbirds. Their appearance is similar to the North American Kestrel. Maverick was injured in the wild and suffered wing damage that did not heal properly. Due to his calm behavior the rehabilitation facility housing him contacted Animal Ark about permanent placement as an education bird. Maverick arrived on May 6, 2018. We are excited to have the opportunity to house this bird because merlins are rarely seen in captivity.