Western Screech Owl
Appearance: One of the smaller owls. May reach 11 inches
in length. Gray to gray brown in color. Small golden eyes surrounded
by a facial disc edged in black. Small ear tufts.
Range: From extreme southern Alaska to South central Mexico
and Western Rockies to Central Texas.
Nesting: Natural tree cavities, like woodpecker holes. Will
use nest boxes.
Eggs: 3-8 white eggs per clutch - average 4-5. Begin incubating
from February to July. Female will incubate eggs alone and is dependent
on male for food.
Diet: Small mammals, birds, small fish, reptiles, amphibians,
insects, and arthropods.
- Have many varied vocalizations. Will rarely "screech"
as name infers unless they believe their young are in danger
- Will wade in water to catch crayfish and amphibians, but will
also catch moths and small birds in flight. Can catch prey larger
than they are
- Two subspecies with distinct color differentiation found in
the United States