Eastern Screech Owl, Megascops asio

One of the smallest owls in Tennessee is the Eastern Screech Owl.  Hoot was hit by a car and has a wing injury. Hoot likes to be at the left in enclosure-at the very top.   Unfortunately, Anne is no longer with us.  We are not sure what happened.  She will be missed.  We are on a waiting list to welcome another sweet Anne.

Eastern Screech-Owls can be either mostly gray or mostly reddish-brown (rufous). They are patterned to give the bird excellent camouflage against tree bark.

Often mistaken for a baby Great horned owl because of the feather tufts and yellow eyes, they are their own species and are adults.

Eastern Screech-Owls are active at night and are far more often heard than seen—most bird watchers know this species only from its trilling or whinnying song. However, this cavity-roosting owl can be attracted to nest boxes.

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.

Eastern Screech-Owls eat most kinds of small animals, including birds and mammals as well as  large numbers of invertebrates, including earthworms, insects, crayfish, tadpoles, frogs, and lizards. Despite their size they are predators that eat many kinds of mammals including rats, mice, squirrels, moles, small birds and rabbits.

Do not know the age
Arrived 2012
Weighs 125 gram or 4.5 oz

Eastern Screech Owl Distribution Map