COMMON NAME: Eastern screech owl
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Megascops asio
A small owl standing only about eight inches high, the screech owl is identified by its prominent ear tufts and white “eyebrows.” It is often mistaken for a baby great horned owl. The screech owl has two color phases, gray and red.
Found across North America and south into Mexico.
The screech owl is found in woodlands bordered with open fields. It is not uncommon to find screech owls in urban areas.
The screech owl is a cavity nester that will use nest boxes.
Screech owls will feed on a wide variety of prey, utilizing what is most common. Some food items include small rodents, birds, insects, and reptiles.
RAPTOR CENTER DATA:
A very common patient, screech owls are year-round residents of Minnesota. As such, the clinic receives these birds at all times of the year.
Considered a common owl, the screech owl is not afforded any special status.