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About 8 inches long, this little bird looks much like a miniature Great Horned Owl. Even though it is called a Screech Owl, it makes no screeching noise.
Forest, woodland area.
A release from the Sonoma County Wildlife rescue center. I love these little guys because each one I have handled has a ferociously small personality. You watch in laughter as they try, with lion hearts, to shred your hand apart with their little talons and beak but do no damage at all! :) Unfortunately messed up the ISO.