Eastern screech-owl

COMMON NAME: Eastern screech owl

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Megascops asio

IDENTIFYING CHARACTERISTICS:
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.

RANGE:
Found across North America and south into Mexico.

HABITAT:
The screech owl is found in woodlands bordered with open fields. It is not uncommon to find screech owls in urban areas.

NESTING:
The screech owl is a cavity nester that will use nest boxes.

FEEDING HABITS:
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.

CONSERVATION NOTES:

Considered a common owl, the screech owl is not afforded any special status.