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Meet the Screech Owls at Wildwood Zoo

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Wildwood Zoo has one male Eastern Screech owl. He was struck by a car and was lucky to survive! Though wildlife professionals were able to save him, he is left with permanent injuries that will prevent him from being released back into the wild. Eastern Screech owls come in two different color morphs; they can be either red or gray phase. The owl at Wildwood Zoo is a beautiful red phase. He has not yet been named. We received him from an animal rehabilitator in Michigan on Feb. 28, 2014.

On May 2, 2014 our Eastern Screech owl made a new friend named Hershey.  Hershey is a gray phase Western Screech owl that came to Wildwood Zoo from a rehabilitation center in California.  He is unable to be released because he has a left eye and wing injury.  He was named by the kids from the Marshfield School District.

Screech owls are small owls that are found throughout the United States.  They are only about the size of an American Robin when they are full-grown.  There are two distinct subspecies of Screech Owls in the U.S: Eastern and Western Screech Owls.  Eastern Screech Owls also come in two different colors: red and gray.  Eastern Screech Owls can be found in any habitat with trees, whether that is out in the wild or in an urban area.  Because Screech Owls are so small, they also eat very small prey items.  They like to eat Insects, crayfish, earthworms, songbirds, rodents. 

For more information, please visit the Cornell Lab of Ornithology  http://www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAboutBirds/BirdGuide/Eastern_Screech-Owl_dtl.html

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