Screech Owl


Ember came to The Medina Raptor Center on January 29, 2018.   He was found in a landfill in Greentown in Stark County Ohio unable to fly. He was very thin, and we noticed he was not able to see well. After visiting our veterinarian, it was determined that he had head trauma and suffered permanent eye damage.  He was unable to hunt, and it was felt that he would be a wonderful addition to our educational staff. We was officially inducted him in April of 2018.




About Eastern Screech Owls

(Information from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology)

The Eastern Screech-Owl is found in nearly every habitat throughout the eastern United States and southern Canada. It is common in urban as well as rural areas and readily nests in nest boxes.

  • Size: 16-25 cm (6-10 in)
  • Wingspan: 48-61 cm (19-24 in)
  • Weight: 121-244 g (4.27-8.61 ounces)
  • Small owl.
  • Feathered ear tufts.
  • Gray, brownish gray, or reddish-brown.
  • Eyes yellow.
  • Bill greenish.
  • Toes feathered.
  • May be gray, reddish, or brown.
Sex Differences

Sexes alike in plumage, female larger.


Looks like adult.


Insects, crayfish, earthworms, songbirds, rodents

Summer Range:

Resident from central Montana and southeastern Saskatchewan eastward to southern Quebec, southward to Florida, western Texas, and northeastern Mexico.


Found in most habitats with trees, including urban and suburban areas


Sit-and-wait predator. Hunts at night and in evening, occasionally during the day.

Nest Type:

Nests in tree cavities; readily uses nest boxes. Adds no nesting material to cavity.

Egg Description:


Clutch Size:

Usually 3-4 eggs. Range: 2-6

Condition at Hatching:

Covered in white down, eyes closed

Conservation Status

Widespread and common


Two common songs: A descending whistled whinny, and a whistled trill on one pitch. Calls hoots, barks, and screeches.