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About the Eastern Screech-Owl

Also known as: Common Screech-owl, Screech Owl

The Eastern Screech Owl is relatively common species of owl that lives in parts of eastern North America. They are small, measuring 10 inches long at most, and weighing no more than 10 ounces.

Eastern Screech Owls have proportionally large heads with ear tufts, short tails, and a stocky body shape. Eastern Screech Owls have a mottled plumage that comes in two distinct color morphs, referred to as red phase and gray phase.

Eastern Screech Owls are nocturnal and will roost in tree trunks or cavities during the day. Despite their name, their call is a descending, soft whinny.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 18 November 2011
Scientific Name Megascops asio
  • Strigiformes
  • Strigidae
  • Megascops
  • M. asio
Birdorable Family Owls
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 28 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
6.3 to 10 inches
21 inches
4.3 to 8.6 ounces
Range North America United States (East)

International Names

  • 东美角鸮 (Chinese)
  • výreček americký (Czech)
  • Østamerikansk Dværghornugle (Danish)
  • Schreeuwuil (Dutch)
  • idänkirkupöllönen (Finnish)
  • Petit-duc maculé (French)
  • Ostkreischeule (German)
  • Assiolo americano orientale (Italian)
  • ヒガシアメリカオオコノハズク (amerikaookonohazuku) (Japanese)
  • Lundugle (Norwegian)
  • syczek krzykliwy (Polish)
  • Североамериканская совка (Russian)
  • Autillo Yanqui (Spanish)
  • Östlig skrikdvärguv (Swedish)

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