Eastern screech-owl

Mêstaáe

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Mestaae, an eastern screech-owl
Quick facts: 
  • Hatch year 2008
  • Weight: 6 oz.
  • Found out of nest
  • Un-releasable due to insufficient flight,
  • “Socialized” toward humans
  • Female
  • Flight status unknown

This Eastern screech-owl is a permanent resident at The Raptor Center. She was hatched in spring 2008 and was found as a nestling. Unfortunately she was not brought to The Raptor Center quickly enough and became a human-imprinted bird. Due to this, she lost some of her human fear and does not display all the normal screech-owl behaviors that she needs to in order to survive. Therefore she will have to spend the rest of her life in captivity.

Mêstaáe is a Cheyenne word for “spirit of the night/owl” and was chosen from over 800 entry suggestions.