Lechuza: Eerie and Unusual True Tales

From Shape-Shifting Owls to Lady Death, a Haunting New Collection of South Texas Folk Tales

October 3, 2020 | By Gene Fowler

The Spanish dictionary translation of lechuza is “barn owl,” but in Mexican American folklore, the lechuza is a shape-shifting figure that changes into an owl, usually to bring misfortune to someone.

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