Eastern Screech Owl

Raptor Info

Name Otus
Species Eastern Screech Owl (Megascops asio)

Hatch Date: Unknown
Gender: Male
Reason for Captivity: Limited vision from presumed car strikes
Weight: 0.3 lbs. (Average Weight of baseball)
Joined TRC Team: 2017

Otus was injured in central Alabama and treated at the Alabama Wildlife Center in Pelham. We are unsure whether a car or window is to blame, but either way, the head trauma sustained by the collision left Otus with limited vision. Now Otus has an important job at TRC, helping to teach people about the important role even the smallest of raptors can play in the ecosystem. Though the Eastern Screech Owl has been separated from the Old World Scops Owls into the Megascops genus, both appear to have origins and meanings related to being “eared” or having ear tufts.

Photo credit: David Akoubian

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