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12 Animals That Are Masters of Disguise

Eastern Screech Owl

  • Class: Birds
  • Order: Owls
  • Family: True owls
  • Habitat: Eastern USA
  • Camouflage: Mimesis

Lots of animals use camouflage because they have no claws, teeth or other tools to defend themselves. The eastern screech owl is not one of these animals. It’s not worried about attackers. Quite the opposite: it doesn’t want its prey to see it. They’re helped by their brush-like ears, which look like broken branches. Their name is very apt: these owls live in eastern America and their call really does sound like a screech. But you’re much more likely to hear these owls than see them.

Eastern Screech Owl Eastern Screech Owl - Photo: artcphotos/Shutterstock

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