Our Trio of Screech Owls

ABOUT OUR SCREECH OWLS

These three Screech Owlets were brought to us in March. They were found in a destroyed nest. Their parents had been killed with a pellet gun by a cruel individual. They are now in our Rescue & Rehabilitation program and are doing amazing!

DESCRIPTION

Similar to other owls, the screech owl females are larger than the males of their species. They have a compact size and shape. The screech owls are small and agile. They are about 7 to 10 inches tall and have a wingspan of about 18 to 24 inches.

They have prominent, wide-set feather tufts with bright yellow eyes. They have different brownish hues with whitish, patterned underside. This coloration helps them get camouflage against the tree bark.

They have well-developed raptorial claws and curved bill. They use them as a tool to tear their prey into pieces that are small enough for them to swallow. They tend to carry their prey to the nest and then eat it.

HABITAT

Screech owls hunt from perches in semi-open landscapes. They prefer areas which contain old trees with hollows; these are home to their prey which includes insects, reptiles, small mammals such as bats and mice and other small birds.

Screech-owls have a good sense of hearing which helps them locate their prey in any habitat. They also possess well-developed raptorial claws and a curved bill, both of which are used for tearing their prey into pieces small enough to swallow easily.

They usually carry their prey back to their nests, presumably to guard against the chance of losing their meal to a larger raptor.

DIET

Insects, reptiles, small mammals such as bats and mice and other small birds.

WHERE DO THEY LIVE?

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CONSERVATION STATUS

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