Everything You Need to Know About the Creepy La Lechuza

The Creepy Mexican Legend Of La Lechuza Is The Stuff Of Nightmares

December 11, 2019 Updated September 21, 2020

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The spooky story of La Lechuza started centuries ago and is rooted in Mexican and Texano folklore. Legend has it Lechuza was a witch who was exposed for practicing the devil’s magic. The townsfolk weren’t happy with that so they murdered her. Seems reasonable. To enact her revenge, she came back as a creepy bird lady. In fact, she’s a shapeshifter who can appear as an ordinary witch during the day and then as a huge bird with a woman’s face. To give you an idea about what we’re talking about here, “lechuza” means “owl” in English. So, basically, Lechuza is a huge owl lady who kills people. Not freaked out yet? Here’s what else you need to need to know.

Her description varies.

Some describe the creature as large as 7 feet tall with a 15 foot wingspan and the face of an old woman. While others describe it as a small bird with the face of an old woman. No matter what, she sounds scary AF.


She only comes out on night.

This is pretty common for most scary things. She flies through the air or perches on trees, looking for things, mostly people, to kill. If you hear a bird screech at night, that’s an omen that La Lechuza is out and looking for her next meal.

She poses as a baby.

Once she finds a target, she disguises her voice as a baby’s and will cry outside your door, waiting to pounce on you and swoop you away forever. Again, this is no ordinary bird. She is known to carry away full-grown men within her talons. If you find unexplained scratches on your door, well, you know who was there waiting for you. Eek!

She will also whistle outside your window. 

She might even whistle or screech annoyingly outside your window until you’re so irritated that you’ll open your window and bam! She will pounce on you and scratch your eyes out.

She will run you off the road.

If she’s particularly hungry, she has no problem selecting a car filled with people as her next meal and will run you off the road so she can eat you. Normally, you might want to swerve to avoid hitting a bird but maybe with this one, you just go ahead and hit it?

Don’t shoot her. 

Legend has it that if you try to shoot her dead, you’ll end up dead instead. How does this work? Who knows! How is a giant owl lady killing people?!

If you dream about her…well…

That might mean someone in your family will die. Gulp.

She might warn you of bad things to come. 

There have been instances where people have encountered La Lechuza and instead of killing them, she merely showed her presence. Good, right? No. Just by seeing her often indicates something more sinister or dangerous to come, like a deadly hurricane or tornado. So even if you do see her and she doesn’t hurt you, well, bad stuff is still going to go down.

But most people don’t survive interacting with her.

Basically, it’s rare to encounter La Lechuza and survive. So, if you see her…well, don’t say we didn’t warn you.

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