Eastern Screech-Owl

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 18 November 2011
Scientific Name
Megascops asio
  • Strigiformes
  • Strigidae
  • Megascops
  • M. asio
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 6 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
6.3 to 10 inches
21 inches
4.3 to 8.6 ounces

International Names

Chinese (汉语) 东美角鸮
Czech (Cesky) výreček americký
Danish (Dansk) Østamerikansk Dværghornugle
Dutch (Nederlands) Schreeuwuil
Finnish (Suomi) idänkirkupöllönen
French (Français) Petit-duc maculé
German (Deutsch) Ostkreischeule
Italian (Italiano) Assiolo americano orientale
Japanese (日本語) ヒガシアメリカオオコノハズク (amerikaookonohazuku)
Norwegian (Norsk) Lundugle
Polish (Polski) syczek krzykliwy
Russian (русский язык) Североамериканская совка
Spanish (Español) Autillo Yanqui
Swedish (Svenska) Östlig skrikdvärguv
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