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Natural Highlights: Eastern Screech Owl

  Eastern Screech Owls, gray and rufous color morphs

The presence of Eastern Screech Owls (Megascops asio) often goes undetected because this bird is small and nocturnal, but they are common in the Midsouth and found both in and out of the city where there is suitable habitat. Screech Owls like wooded areas and need cavities for nesting, but aren't very picky about them as long as someone else has created the cavity. They look for holes created by woodpeckers or other creatures, or nestboxes provided by people (for nest box plans, use this link). 

Screech Owls don't really screech, though they can sound a little harsh when they feel threatened. Most of the songs and calls they make are soft and gentle. Listen to several of them at this link:  https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Eastern_Screech-Owl/sounds.  

Learn more about Eastern Screech Owls at these links:

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Eastern_Screech-Owl/lifehistory

https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/eastern-screech-owl

https://birdsna.org/Species-Account/bna/species/easowl1/introduction

https://www.owlpages.com/owls/species.php?s=850

 

 

 

Posted by Cathy Justis at 8:32 PM