Eastern screech owl
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Strigiformes
Family: Strigidae
Genus: Megascops
Species: Megascops asio
The Eastern screech owl (megascops asio) is a small North American owl.


It is short and stocky, with large head and very short neck. It has pointed tufts on the head, which are often raised. The tail is short and squared, while wings are rounded. Eastern Screech-Owls can be either mostly gray or mostly rufous. Whatever the overall color, they are patterned with complex bands and spots that give the bird excellent camouflage against tree bark. Eyes are yellow and large.


This bird is active at night. Its call is a trilling or whinnying song. It roosts in cavities where it can be spotted in daylight.


Trees define the Eastern Screech-Owl’s habitat. This owl is fairly common in most types of woods (evergreen or deciduous; urban or rural), particularly near water. It shuns treeless expanses of mountains or plains.


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