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Eastern Screech Owl (Megascops asio)

Our new Eastern Screech Owl came to us early in 2017 with symptoms of what we believe was West Nile Virus. She recovered from the West Nile, but because she is missing her primary flight and tail feathers, she cannot fly and cannot be released. She will be a gorgeous and spunky ambassador for her species.

 

 

 


About Eastern Screech Owls

(Information from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology)

The Eastern Screech-Owl is found in nearly every habitat throughout the eastern United States and southern Canada. It is common in urban as well as rural areas and readily nests in nest boxes.

Description
  • Size: 16-25 cm (6-10 in)
  • Wingspan: 48-61 cm (19-24 in)
  • Weight: 121-244 g (4.27-8.61 ounces)
  • Small owl.
  • Feathered ear tufts.
  • Gray, brownish gray, or reddish-brown.
  • Eyes yellow.
  • Bill greenish.
  • Toes feathered.
  • May be gray, reddish, or brown.
Sex Differences

Sexes alike in plumage, female larger.

Immature

Looks like adult.

Food

Insects, crayfish, earthworms, songbirds, rodents

Range
Summer Range:

Resident from central Montana and southeastern Saskatchewan eastward to southern Quebec, southward to Florida, western Texas, and northeastern Mexico.

Habitat

Found in most habitats with trees, including urban and suburban areas

Behavior
Foraging:

Sit-and-wait predator. Hunts at night and in evening, occasionally during the day.

Reproduction
Nest Type:

Nests in tree cavities; readily uses nest boxes. Adds no nesting material to cavity.

Egg Description:

White

Clutch Size:

Usually 3-4 eggs. Range: 2-6

Condition at Hatching:

Covered in white down, eyes closed

Conservation Status

Widespread and common

Sound

Two common songs: A descending whistled whinny, and a whistled trill on one pitch. Calls hoots, barks, and screeches.