Van Gogh

Learn About Van Gogh

  • Classification: Bird
  • Species: Western Screech Owl (Megascops kennicottii)
  • Lifespan in Captivity: 20yrs
  • Lifespan in the Wild: 3-7yrs
  • Wingspan: 3ft
  • Weight: 5oz
  • Range in the Wild: Southeastern Alaska and British Columbia, south to Mexico, east to the Rocky Mountains
  • Habitat in the Wild: Riparian, woodlands, orchards, urban areas
    • Diet in the Wild: frogs, small rodents, insects
    • Diet at Wildlife Images: rodents, poultry, donated meats, venison
    • Gender: Female
    • Arrival: October 2010

Van Gogh was discovered on the road by a passing motorist, conscious and coherent but with severe injuries to the left side of her head. We assume she was hit by a car. She ultimately lost the use of both her left eye (a setback, but not a critical impairment) and ear (much more serious – this prevents her from triangulating the location of prey when hunting). This feisty little owl is now frequently taken to outreach programs (she’s travel-sized!) and has adapted very well to life in captivity, though she still clacks and mantles at anyone approaching her mew or carrier.