Eastern Screech-Owl (Megascops asio)
Our resident Eastern Screech-owls came to us from the Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center in Hampton Bays, New York in the winter of 2014.
Our female screech-owl was caught by a domestic cat and suffered eye trauma and multiple soft tissue injuries on the body. Her body healed but her vision did not. She has a cataract and retinal scarring in the right eye, which precludes her from hunting effectively and surviving in the wild. We began using her in educational programs in 2015.
Our male screech owl was struck by a car and sustained head and eye trauma. He has retinal scar tissue in his right eye with decreased vision and no vision in his left eye. He also cannot be released back into the wild due to vision impairments and an inability to hunt. He joined our educational programming in 2015.
Average Height: 6.3 - 9.8 inches
Average Weight: 4.3 - 8.6 ounces
Wingspan: 18.9 - 24 inches
Life Span: Up to 13 years in the wild, but generally less than that.
Description: Screech-Owls can be gray or reddish-brown. Their feathers have complex patterns, which provide camouflage.
Call: The most common sound is an even trill.
Range: Eastern Screech-Owls are found in the eastern US, from the Dakotas down to Texas, and east to the Atlantic.
Habitat: These owls prefer areas with tree cover, and are predominantly found in forests and wooded areas around streams. Tree cavities or nest boxes are vital.
Diet: These owls will eat small animals such as birds and mammals, as well as insects.