Why is he here?
Hoksida (pronounced hok’-she-da) was found on a beach near Puget Sound. He had an infection around his eyes. Wildlife rehabilitators found a structural problem leading to the infection. As a result, Hoksida will always need human care to keep his eyes free of infection. Due to a slight malformation of his eye sockets, he is unable to keep his eyes free of debris and infection. When he was found, he had significant infection in and around his eyes, making it difficult for him to find food. This structural problem with his eye sockets will require on-going care and he is now the newest member of the team at the National Eagle Center.
While today he is covered in brown feathers, with slight white mottling on his breast, in 4-5 years he will have the distinctive white head and tail of an adult bald eagle. His dark brown eyes will also lighten, and his black beak will fade to the bright yellow of an adult. We’re looking forward to watching the transition!
What’s his name?
The name Hoksida is a Dakota word meaning boy or little boy. The Dakota people are the original inhabitants of this part of the Mississippi River Valley.
When can the public meet Hoksida?
Right now, Hoksida is still in training. He’s not regularly on display yet, but is is getting to know the other eagle ambassadors and working in our classroom setting. We’ll let you know when he’s ready to meet you in our programs!