Western Screech-Owl

About the Western Screech-Owl

Also known as: Western Screech-Owl

The Western Screech-Owl is a small species of owl that lives across western parts of North America, into parts of Central America. They can be found west of the Rocky Mountains.

Western Screech Owls are small, measuring under 9 inches tall with a wingspan of just about 22 inches. They are either brownish or dark grey, and have cute little ear tufts on the tops of their heads.

Like their cousins, the Eastern Screech Owl, Western Screech Owls are cavity nesters. They use holes that were excavated by woodpeckers, sometimes even in cactus plants.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 22 May 2012
Scientific Name
Megascops kennicottii
  • Strigiformes
  • Strigidae
  • Megascops
  • M. kennicottii
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 5 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
7.5 to 9.8 inches
21.7 to 24.4 inches
100 to 305 ounces

International Names

Czech (Cesky) výreček západní
Danish (Dansk) Vestamerikansk Dværghornugle
Dutch (Nederlands) Westelijke Schreeuwuil
Finnish (Suomi) lännenkirkupöllönen
French (Français) Petit-duc des montagnes
German (Deutsch) Westkreischeule
Italian (Italiano) Assiolo americano occidentale
Japanese (日本語) ニシアメリカオオコノハズク [nishiamerikaookonohazuku]
Norwegian (Norsk) Totemugle
Polish (Polski) syczek zachodni
Russian (русский язык) Западная совка
Spanish (Español) Autillo Occidental
Swedish (Svenska) Västlig skrikdvärguv
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