- As a defensive technique, when a potential threat is spotted, the screech owl will make itself look skinny (like a tree branch) by elongating the body and flattening its feathers. It may even sway back and forth to imitate the natural movements of a branch.
- Superstitions: As suggested by some of their common names (Spirit Owls, Whickering Owls, Demon and Death Owls), they were associated with the occult (i.e., witchcraft), medicine, birth and death. These superstitious beliefs were fueled by their nocturnal habits; their silent flight; the strange, haunting sounds they make; and their huge eyes ... Learn more about Eastern Screech Owls
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