Sarah Screech Owl
Scientific Name: Megascops asio
Hatch Year: 2017
Non-releasable due to: human imprint
Eastern Screech Owl Facts:
- Screech owls nest almost exclusively in tree cavities but will also use old Pileated Woodpecker and Northern Flicker cavities; they can also be attracted to nest boxes.
- Screech owls hunt from dusk to dawn, with most hunting being done during the first four hours of darkness.
- Their plumage is patterned with complex bands and spots that give them bird excellent camouflage against tree bark.
- Due to their small size and excellent camouflage, screech owls are far more often heard than seen.
- Red and gray individuals occur across the range of the Eastern Screech-Owl, with about one-third of all individuals being red. Rufous (red morph) owls are more common in the East.