Species: Corvus albus, African Pied Crow • Born: 2005 • Gender: Male • Disability: Human Imprint
Friar Tuck, an African Pied Crow, was hatched in captivity in 2005 and came to live at the American Eagle Foundation.
When Friar Tuck isn’t on stage at Dollywood, he entertains students and staff at school shows and other outside programs. Upon entering the barn where all the birds are kept, employees and volunteers will call out to Friar Tuck in greeting as they prepare for the day. Tuck’s favorite answer is “What!” or “Hellloooo.” He also mimics “Hi Friar Tuck,” or “Aww Tuck,” and will occasionally yell “Come in!” when he hears a doorbell!
Friar Tuck has a very important job at the American Eagle foundation: he takes donations at the end of our ‘Wings of America’ birds of prey show. Guests can fold a dollar bill in half, hand it to Friar Tuck, and he’ll “tuck” it in his donation box! For a $5 donation, you will receive a bumper sticker with Tuck’s picture on it, with the words “Tuck Took My Money.”
ABOUT AFRICAN PIED CROWS
Crows are part of the Corvid family, which is thought to be one of the most intelligent group of birds. These birds are very receptive and easily trained, which explains why Friar Tuck is so talented and aware of his surroundings.