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Eastern Screech-Owl
(Otus asio)

Eastern Screech-Owl
Eastern Screech-Owl Information

Length: 8 - 10"

Habitat: Open deciduous or mixed woodlands, orchards, residential areas, parks. Prefers habitat near open areas and requires trees with existing cavities for nesting.

Insects, including mothskatydids, beetles, and crickets; rodents such as mice and voles; amphibians, reptiles, crayfish; some small birds and fish.
Identification tips for the Eastern Screech-Owl
Songs and calls of the Eastern Screech-Owl
Interesting Facts about Eastern Screech-Owl

Being only 8 to 10 inches in length, the Eastern Screech-Owl is close to the size of a robin, but a different shape.

This owl normally uses natural tree cavities or old woodpecker holes for nesting, but will also use man-made nest boxes. It will eat in the nesting cavity and caches extra food there.

The Eastern Screech-Owl is nocturnal and roosts during the daytime hours. In the winter, it uses tree cavities for roosting - for protection from predators and from the cold. In the summer, it can roost on tree branches where it is hidden by the leaf cover.
Range Maps:
E Screech-Owl  Breeding Map E Screech-Owl  Winter Map      USGS
Breeding Map          Winter Map (CBC)     
Additional Information:

Eastern Screech-Owl
Habitat, diet, feeding behavior, nesting, migration, and conservation status of this owl. Includes range map, photos, and songs and calls. (From Audubon Field Guide)

Photo of Eastern Screech-Owl (Gray Phase)
By Mike Danzenbaker
Eastern Screech Owl
Eastern Screech Owl
By Bakersx3 [CC-BY-3.0], via WC





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