Owlice: Eastern Screech-Owl

Owlice is a grey-phase Eastern Screech-Owl (Megascops asio). She came to the Raptor Center in the summer of 2009 as a just-fledged bird. She was hit by a car in Mannington and suffered permanent damage to her left eye and right coracoid bone. Owilice has adapted quite well to life as an education bird, and made her public debut in the fall of 2009.

Eastern Screech-Owls come in two color phases, grey and red (rufous). Scientists are unsure what causes the color differences, and we rehabilitate about an equal number of each at the Raptor Center. Found in West Virginia and throughout most of the eastern United States year round, Eastern Screech-Owls are our most common patient. They have adapted better than some other species to living near humans--even Central Park in New York City has a thriving Eastern Screech-Owl population!

Screech-Owls will nest in tree cavities as well as artificial nest boxes. In the wild, their prey is quite varied and includes mice, moles, chipmunks, bats, small songbirds, snakes, salamanders, and insects. Eastern Screech-Owls may themselves become prey for larger owls, like the Great Horned Owls.

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