Western Screech-Owl

Owls and Nightjars

Western Screech-Owl

Megascops kennicottii

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Owls and Nightjars

Western Screech-Owl

Daniel Fitzgerald

Western Screech-Owl

A bird of wooded areas, typically oak and riparian forests.


Note the small size, yellow eyes, and ear tufts. Usually, plumage is grayish, but some birds are more brownish in color. Usually heard calling after dusk or before dawn. You may occasionally find a single individual perched in a tree during broad daylight. 


Nests in tree cavities. Preys on small mammals and birds.

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