First of, I do not remember much of this experience but I have enough information regarding it from what my mom has told me when she would also experience it a long with me.
This was a while ago back in my country El Salvador. I was around 4-5 years old when we still lived over there before moving to the United States to be reunited with my dad.
I would always sleep with my mom and my sister, because if we slept separate it would be too far. The house we own over there was really big and the rooms were separated by a big center living room. My room was in front of the center living room facing the outside dining room/patio type, still inside the house just with open rails of metal as windows but very nicely decorated. That room was towards the main entrance hallway and my sister's was facing a small dining area across the center living room to the right of my room. Then there was my mom's facing the small dining room area, or gathering living space we had, that my sister's room faced. The rooms were pretty far from each other.
Since my dad was here in the United States it was only my mom, my sister and I living in that big house. That's why we both slept with my mom.
This experience didn't happen every night. It happened once in a while but when it did happen I would always be terrified and would not like to get up to go to the bathroom. I would wake my mom up or wait until it would stop. I'm saying wait until it would stop because I'm about to get started with the whole thing.
In El Salvador there are a lot of beliefs and people there believe in bad spirits. For example this one bad spirit they call "El cucu rucuy" 'English trans- coo coo roo cooy". The name is based on the noise the spirit makes. People there believed the spirit is an owl and some say that they have seen it. They have describe him as a big black owl with big sharp claws, almost as tall as a human with blood shot red eyes. They say that if you stare at it straight in the eyes, he will lift off the ground and shoot straight at the person looking at it and peck and scratch their eyes out.
Reason why my sister and I would sleep with my mom was because we occasionally would hear the noise the bird would make. My mom's room had two windows. One was a big double window that was to the left side of her bed with metal decorations on it so nothing could get in or out except bugs of course but not a big animal or human or child. It was a narrow metal window cover. Then she had a small window that would open up but also had a metal window cover for safety. That small window was behind where my mom and us would lay our heads so if you looked up at the ceiling the window was in top of our head.
That window would also face this tunnel type trail surrounded by trees across the fence of our yard and in the yard my mom had a fruit tree which was very big. That tree is where the owl would stay and make the animal noise it did. When I would hear it I would get so scared and hug my mom or cover my ears. The noise the animal would make also sounded like people chattering very weird then it would get loud and make that cucu rucuy noise out of nowhere. My mom would say a prayer with us to make it go away and after 4 times of the prayer, the noise of the animal would suddenly stop and all we would hear then would be the crickets.
We also believed in this bad spirit because there was an incident that happened to this one guy who lived two towns away from where we lived. It was said that he heard the owl but was not a big believer on what people would say. So he heard the owl and decided to go outside to check it out and prove people wrong in the bad spirit believing. He then later found in the morning pecked at with no eyes in his backyard. From that day on people believed it was the owl spirit. I'm not sure if it is actually true but many people believe it and also because of that incident that occurred.
I found it really strange that even though I was that small I could hear it. After a few prayers the noise would also stop.
I hope you guys enjoy my informational reading of experiences I have gone through. Remember, this is what people believe back in my country and it happened to me but I don't know if it's proven true or not because of the incident that occurred.
Let me know if you guys have any questions.