Eastern Screech Owl
Scientific Name: Otis asio
Pip came to Blandford in 2002 after being hit by a car. His left wing was badly injured and had to be amputated. He would not be able to hunt or escape predators in the wild.
Status of Eastern Screech Owls in Michigan
The Eastern Screech Owl can be found in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula throughout the year.
The typical call is a descending trill.
Eastern Screech Owls can live in just about any habitat below 1500 meters of elevation.
Their diet includes a wide variety of prey items. They eat large insects, such as moths, crayfish, earthworms, amphibians, reptiles, small mammals and small birds.
The Role of Eastern Screech Owls in Our Ecosystem
Screech Owls help to keep nocturnal small rodent and large insect populations from growing to unmanageable sizes.
Threats to Eastern Screech Owls
There are currently no serious threats to this species.
-Most Screech Owls mate for life.
-Unlike other owls, this species has symmetrical ears, which may suggest that they have superior vision and hearing.