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Owl (Eastern Screech)

Megascops asio
Owl (Eastern Screech)

Range

They are found in eastern North America from eastern Montana and the Great Lakes to Nova Scotia, and south to Florida, the Gulf of Mexico, and northeastern Mexico.

Habitat

They live in wooded areas, orchards, among homes and in parks.

Body Traits

They are small owls, not much bigger than a robin. They have short, rounded wings. Both wings and tail have dark stripes (bars). They are a spotty, rusty-brown to gray color. Their chest and belly are light with dark crosses marking them. They have yellow eyes and beak.

Habits

They are nocturnal, sleeping (roosting) during the day close to the trunks of thick trees or in tree holes. They have 2 kinds of calls, one to mark their territory to other males and one to attract females. Males are territorial.

Diet

They eat small mammals and birds with insects added in the summer. They catch their prey by swooping down and grabbing them with their claws (talons), but can catch flying insects right in their mouths.

Reproduction

Females lay 2 – 6 white eggs.

Owl (Eastern Screech)

Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vetebrata
Class: Aves
Order: Strigiformes
Family: Strigidae
Genus: Megascops
Species: M. asio

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