Seattle Seahawks Taima Helps Team Soar to Victory
Her name is Taima, an Augur Hawk. According to the Seahawks website, she was hatched in April of 2005 at the World Bird Sanctuary in St. Louis and "flew" to Spokane in June of that year. Her trainer and handler is David Knutson. He is a lifelong Seahawks fan with over 30 years of experience with Birds of Prey.
Is Taima a Hawk or a Buzzard?
Taima has a wingspan of about 4 and 1/2 feet and will fly around the field to the delight of Seahawk fans prior to each game in Seattle. According to Wikipedia, the Augur hawk is native to mountainous regions in Namibia, Angola, and Ethiopia in northern Africa. In a story in The Spruce, these birds are raptors and referred to as Hawks in North America and Buzzards in Europe and Africa.
The Seahawk, Taima, is not an angry bird
Knutson and Taima help greet fans in the tunnel area with field passes. That's where we had the chance to say hello. She is amazingly calm and accepting of all that approach her.
One more flight at Lumen Field to wrap up the 2022 - 2023 season
Taima has one more scheduled flight this season as Seattle will host the L.A. Rams on Sunday.
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