Rupert: Eastern Screech-Owl

Rupert is a red-phase Eastern Screech-Owl (Megascops asio). He came to the Raptor Center in the spring of 2012. He was hit by a car, in Fairmont and was brought to our center. He suffered permanent damage to his eyesight. Rupert has adapted quite well to life as an education bird, and made his public debut in the fall of 2012.

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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Rupert's Image Gallery:

Rupert and Nick
Rupert looking cute

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