Eastern Screech Owl
Kentucky, the Eastern Screech Owl, was first treated at Raptor Rehabilitation of Kentucky in Louisville before VINS became her permanent home. She suffered head trauma and a damaged right eye after a collision with a vehicle in 2004. VINS' rehabilitators make sure to monitor her right eye carefully during her biannual health checks.
Kentucky is a rufous-morph Eastern Screech Owl, with the russet orange feathers characteristic of this species in its southern range. These owls are cavity nesters, searching for holes in trees or even the sides of buildings to lay their eggs and raise their young. However, they often roost in these cavities during the day, as they provide a safe place to sleep. Kentucky is fond of wedging herself in the various cavities around her enclosure, so you have to be patient and observant to locate her!