Eastern Screech Owl (Megascops asio)

Eastern Screech Owl

In 2007, this Eastern Screech Owl suffered an impact injury that broke her upper beak (creating a misalignment) and affected her vision in both eyes. She was in adult plumage when injured so we don’t know her age. She became a part of the RMRP’s educational program in 2009 when she was transferred to RMRP from Auburn Alabama University’s Raptor Center. Coming from the more humid south-east explains her unique red coloring, which would blend in well with the color of tree bark found in that area of the country.  The Eastern Screech Owls found in Colorado are a generally grey in color, which allows them to blend in with the color of the local tree bark.

As an educational bird, this Eastern Screech Owl went to programs and exhibits to help represent the many shapes and sizes of birds of prey.

Her bent beak can be clearly seen in this image.

Never forget that big things often come in small packages.

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