Houdini II

Grey Phase Eastern Screech Owl
, Megascops asio
assessment
treatment
recovering
healthy
Location of Rescue: 
Warsaw, IN
Admission Date: 
01/01/2009
Cause of Admission: 
Head/eye trauma, blind in one eye

Eastern Screech Owls are unique among raptors in that they come in two different colors, or phases as they are called.  Houdini is a grey phase.  One of our other Eastern Screech Owls, Peanut, is a red phase.  

In 2009, Houdini came to Soarin’Hawk from Barbie Lake in Warsaw, Indiana.  As with all of our education birds, he is non-releasable.  He probably ran into something (a window, etc.) or something ran into him (like a car) since he came into Soarin’Hawk with head and eye trauma.  He recovered with the exception of being blind in one eye.  Since they hunt live prey, they need both eyes for good depth perception to be able to be released.  

Houdini is very relaxed during education programs, and often even seems bored!  In his flight pen he always sits on top of his nest box. In contrast, Peanut, our red phase screech, spends most of his time inside the nest box.  

Adoption Gift Options

What you'll get with the listed donations:

  • $50 - Adoption Certificate and information about your bird’s life.
  • $100 - $200 An educational book describing the Raptors of North America and an 8 x 10 portrait of your raptor.  
  • $300 - A personal photo opportunity with your raptor.[Requires advanced scheduling with Soarin’ Hawk. 
  • $1000 - Corporate Sponsor: Presentation of the sponsored bird at company function, and company logo on our web site.