|A Ferruginous Hawk is fierce and strong enough to scare coyotes away from its nest. they have the same grip strength a other hawks, but in a smaller foot, making the Pounds per square inch much more concentrated. Estimated grip strength is 1500 - 2000 psi.|
Height: about 6 inches (feet to head)
Weight: Approx 60 grams (.5 pounds)
Wingspan: 1 foot
Color: Red, orange, and white
Species: Megascops Asio
Age: 6-9 yrs
Injury: Left Wing (wrist) damaged
Fireball is a full grown adult, not a baby owl. We have been assuming his age to be about 6 - 9 years old. In captivity he can live 15 to 20 years.
Fireball has been an educational bird for about 5 years. He came to the refuge after being hit by a car in Apex.
Fireball’s left wing is damaged, so he cannot fly well enough to live in the wild.
Fireball was named for his angry and volatile attitude after ripping through a handler’s glove.
Screech Owls - Megascops Asio
Screech Owls don’t screech. Their calls are often mistaken for frogs and insects, or a horse whinny in the distance, but they do not screech at all.
Screech owls are amazing at hiding. They can blend in to a tree so you will not even know they are there.
Screech owl talons are razor sharp, and able to exceed 100 lbs PSI, the equivalent of a human adult.
Screech Owls live in holes in trees.
Screech owls have an extremely bad attitude. Most of them will attack any time they feel threatened. Due to their small size, they often feel threatened.
Screech Owls eat small rodents, worms, small snakes, insects, and birds. They often attack animals as large as themselves for food.