Eastern Screech-Owl

Megascops asio

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Basic Information

Order

Strigiformes

Family

Strigidae

Size

Eastern Screech-Owls are generally between 6.25 and 10 inches in length.

Lifespan

up to 14 years

Weight

Eastern Screech-Owl (Megascops asio) facts, habitat, range, owl pictures and bird watching tips to help you identify the bird of prey.

Diet

Carnivore

Behavior

Stalking

Range

Midwest, Eastern U.S.

Nest Placement

Cavity

Number of Offspring

2-6 Eggs

Egg Description

White

Condition at Hatching

Feeble, eyes closed, white down covered

Social Status

Pairs

Wingspan

18.75-24 in

Observation Tips

Look in the trees on twilight hikes along trails running through forests.

What does the Eastern Screech-Owl look like?

Eastern Screech Owls can be gray to a reddish-brown with patterned bands. They have bright yellow eyes on large heads, minimal necks, rounded wings and short square tails. Their ears are pointed with tufts.

Eastern Screech-Owl Habitat

Forests

Eastern Screech-Owl Facts

Eastern Screech Owls have a varied diet. They will eat insects, amphibians, reptiles, small mammals and other birds. They stalk prey by sitting silently in a tree waiting to hear or see unsuspecting prey. Like other owls and raptors, males are smaller than females. They regurgitate the bones and fur of prey into pellets that litter the ground beneath a nest. They are monogamous and remain together for life.

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