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.