SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Meet Dickerson Park Zoo's screech owl. The bird, which came to DPZ from another zoo in Illinois, is a part of the Zoo's education program to teach children about birds of prey.
Screech owls do not get very large. They are about 8 inches tall at maturity with a wing span of 20-22 inches. They are sometimes mistaken for baby great horned owls because of their similar features. They are one of the species of owl native to Missouri and found here year-round.
This owl can turn its head 270 degrees. That's an adaptation because their eyes are fixed in their sockets and they don't have the ability to look back and forth, side to side, without turning their heads.
Dickerson Park Zoo has been closed for awhile because of ice and snow on the walkways. Warmer weather returns this weekend, so the Zoo may reopen. Check the Zoo's website or Facebook page for updates.