Eastern Screech-Owl Mixed Color Pair (8868)

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A mated pair of Eastern Screech Owls displays two of the color forms found in this species. The proportion of red owls in a population varies geographically by the amount of cloud cover and moisture, with red owls being most common in areas of high precipitation such as Florida and the southeast, and gray owls being more common in dry areas such as Texas. Red and brown are thought to offer more camouflage in wet and cloudy conditions, while darker feathers are more wear-resistant in hot, dusty climates.
A mated pair of Eastern Screech Owls displays two of the color forms found in this species. The proportion of red owls in a population varies geographically by the amount of cloud cover and moisture, with red owls being most common in areas of high precipitation such as Florida and the southeast, and gray owls being more common in dry areas such as Texas. Red and brown are thought to offer more camouflage in wet and cloudy conditions, while darker feathers are more wear-resistant in hot,...
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