Timber

Timber arrived at the World Bird Sanctuary as a very young chick in 1999. He had suffered a wing injury when his tree was cut down. He was lovingly raised and trained by the World Bird Sanctuary staff members, who named him Timber. Even though he is very tiny (weight about 143 grams), Timber is fully grown with red plumage typical of the red phase of his species. In the summer of 1999 he began traveling as a prime example of the impact that habitat destruction has on wildlife. Your adoption fee will help feed, house and care for Timber in the coming year.

 


Adoption Fee $50
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Eastern Screech Owl

Otus asio


Description smallest eared owl in the eastern US; color ranges from grey to brown to reddish, but considered to be found in 2 color phases; gray found mostly in the north; red found mostly in the south; plumage is an excellent example of cryptic camouflage; color pattern of plumage resembles the bark of the trees so closely they are nearly invisible when still; identified by ear tufts and textured coloration
Sex no visible differences between male and female
Age up to 13 years
Length 7-10"
Wingspan 18-24"
Weight 5-9 oz.
Habitat wood lots, heavily wooded regions in rural areas, wooded strips of residential areas
Status populations currently stable due to its ability to adapt to residential areas; often falls victim to vehicle collisions
Range United States east of the Rocky Mountains and into northeastern Mexico
Behavior nests in natural tree cavities, old woodpecker holes or man-made nest boxes; female lays 4-6 eggs that are incubated for 25-27 days; both parents feed the young; owlets leave the nest in about 4 weeks, but will be tended by the parents for another 5-6 weeks; can reproduce at 1 year of age
Diet mainly insects, small mammals, birds, crayfish and earthworms
Vocalization call is a long, high-pitched, trilling call
Other Information - have been known to visit backyard birdfeeders at night, where they hunt from a perched position then swoop down to catch the mice that come to feed on fallen seed - this bird is fond of bathing and has been known to visit backyard birdbaths at night - although small, this owl is fearless and has been known to dive at dogs, cats and even humans when defending its young