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Mugi the Tropical Screech-Owl 

Hi, folks!
This week, raptors staff features on this weblog Mugi, a male Tropical Screech-Owl.

ムギ

Tropical Screech-Owl(Otus choliba) is small owl about 20-24cm long and it weighs 95-160g. It ranges from Costa Rica along Andean Range to northern Argentine. It mainly eats insects, along with mice, lizards and snakes. This calm and small owl is easy to keep and popular as a companion bird.

Owls hatched at Kobe Kachoen (in Japanese)


Mugi hatched on May 6th, 2006. It'll soon be 3 years old.

1日目cのコピー

This picture shows Mugi about a day old that was eating food. It was very tiny, only 4cm long!

Mugi spends most of the daytime at the show site in Eastern Zone.
It loves to sit in the cavity in a log which was specially carved for Mugi.

ムギの丸太

As you might know, owls sleep most of the day, about 20 hours a day on the average. It is also the case with Mugi, which almost always sleeps in the cavity.

寝てます

When visitors have a look at Mugi that is fast asleep, they tend to say 'Oh here is a baby owl, how cute it is!'.

But, as an owl staff member, let me explain a bit. Mugi sleeps well not because it's still a baby, but because it is a kind of bird that originally sleeps well. Besides, Mugi is not a baby owl, it's an adult.

Anyway, it's not surprising at all that visitors misunderstand that Mugi is a baby. Tropical Screech-Owl is very small compared to other species of owls.

Here is a comparison with a cellular phone. You can easily see how small it is.

比較

A three-years old Tropical Screech-Owl, like Mugi, is equal to a 20 years old man in its maturity. Mugi was in sexual excitement at the end of last year.

Here is a video clip of beak polishing after it finishes eating food.



Mugi started moulting recently, and because of this it has better appetite than ever.
On the average, an owl eats about 10 percent of its weight a day. Mugi weighs 106g, and it eats about 20g a day now!

Besides, Mugi is specialised in handling and it never flies at the show. It eats much but it moves very little, and as a result it gets heavier day by day.

Here's an evidence. The perch that is fixed on the Mugi's log is usually horizontal, but.....

止まり木が・・・

When Mugi sits at its end, it declines like this, irresistible to its weight.

Here's a video clip of the moment of declension.



I see, this perch has to be fixed more firmly.

Mugi is usually out of handling service for now because it's very nervous, due to both moulting season and mating season.

But anyway, it is on the log at the show site as usual, and it might be in handling service when it's exceptionally well enough for it. Please drop in at the show site to see Mugi when you visit the Garden.

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