WSU Raptor Club | Kotori

WSU Raptor Club page banner showing Kotori the Western Screech Owl


Kotori is a male Western Screech Owl (Megascops kennicottii) who came to the WSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital in 2014. He was found as an owlet on the ground and was brought in. It was believed that once he was older he could be released back into the wild. However when they tested his flight abilities they discovered he could not fly due to his flight feathers growing in and twisting. This twisting makes it so he cannot get the lift required to fly. This makes Kotori unreleasable.

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