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Western Screech Owl
Westscreech
Names
Common Name: Western Screech Owl
Scientific Name: Otus kennicottii
Appearance
Its plumage is brown or dark grey, with streaking on the underparts. It has a round head with ear tufts, yellow eyes, and a yellowish bill
Behavior
How they act, what they do, habitat, etc.
Please note that this information is taken from the series and may not be factual.
The Western Screech Owl (Otus kennicottii) is a small owl native to North and Central America.

Physical Description

The Western Screech Owl is about 22 cm (8.5 in.) tall, has a wingspan of 51 cm (20 in.), and weighs about 150 grams (5 oz.). The females are usually larger than the males. Its plumage is brown or dark grey, with streaking on the underparts. It has a round head with ear tufts, yellow eyes, and a yellowish bill. Since its appearance is very similar to that of the Whiskered Screech, it is better to identify it by its call.


Call

The primary call is an accelerating series of short whistles at an increasing tempo, or a short, then long trill falling slightly at end. Other calls include barking and chuckling, similar to the Eastern.

Range and Habitat

The Western Screech Owl is native to Canada, the United States, Mexico, Guatamela, El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua. Its habitat includes temperate forests, subtropical and tropical montane forests, shrubland, desert, rural fields and gardens, and even suburban parks and gardens.

Breeding

Western Screech Owls are permanent residents of western North and Central America, breeding in open woods, or mixed woods at forest edges. They often use holes in tree cavities or cactus that were excavated by woodpeckers.

Prey

These birds wait on perches to swoop down on unsuspecting prey; they may also catch insects in flight. Their diet consists mainly of small mammals, birds, and large insects. They are active at night or near dusk, using their excellent hearing and night vision to locate prey.

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