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.
Diet: Insects, including moths, katydids, beetles, and crickets; rodents such as mice and voles; amphibians, reptiles, crayfish; some small birds and fish.
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.
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
By Bakersx3 [CC-BY-3.0], via WC
- Wingspan: 22 inches
- Small, nocturnal, predatory bird
- Large, rounded head with ear tufts
- Yellow eyes
- Dense streaking on underparts with finer barring
- Some birds have rusty plumage, others dark gray
- Sexes similar
(Credit: U. S. Geological Survey)
Range Maps from Cornell
Includes separate map of sightings.
Christmas Bird Count Map
Historical CBC Map from USGS