Eastern Screech-Owl

Eastern screech owl perched
Eastern screech owl. Image by Irene K-s from Pixabay
AppearanceThe eastern screech-owl is a small owl about 8 1/2″ long with a big head, little tufts of ears sticking up, and yellow eyes. There are 2 variations of coloration – primarily reddish/brown (rufous) and primarily gray. They’re darker above with white spots and tiny streaks and underparts are marked with vertical dark streaks.
DietTheir diet is mostly comprised of songbirds and rodents. They also eat insects, earthworms, snakes, lizards, frogs, and crayfish.
Feeder FoodEastern screech-owls do not visit feeders.
HabitatWooded habitats include forests, wooded lots, suburban backyards, and large city parks.
NestingEastern screech-owls nest in existing tree cavities and sometimes manmade nesting boxes. They have 1 broods/season and 2-6 eggs/brood that are all white. Incubation is for 27-34 days and fledglings leave the nest about 26-30 days after hatching.

Range Map

Eastern screech owl range map.
Eastern screech owl range map. Compliments of The Cornell Lab.