Western Screech Owl Fact Sheet

Western screech owl

Class:

Aves

Order:

Strigiformes

Family:

Strigidae

Genus:

Otus
Species:

kennicottii

Lifespan:

About 13 years in the wild; about 19 years under human care

Reproduction:

Females lay 2 to 7 eggs per season in March or April.  Hatching occurs within 26 to 34 days.

Size:

Adults: 7.48 to 10 in long; Wingspan 6.63 to 6.87 in wide

Weight:

Approximately 6 oz

Range:

Western North America, northwestern Mexico, and coastal regions of the Pacific Northwest

Habitat:

Inhabit low elevation riparian and deciduous oak woodland communities.  Also inhabit streamside groves, parks, and gardens.

Diet:

Commonly eat small mammals, birds, worms, insects, and fish

Description:

A small owl with feathered ear tufts.  Plumage is generally brown or gray.  The face is usually pale with a dark lateral border, underparts are streaked and barred.  They have yellow eyes and dark bills.

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Facts:

  • Prior to breeding, courtship feeding is common with the male presenting food to the female.  The male also demonstrates elaborate courtship displays including bowing, bill snapping, and hopping.
  • Western screech owls prefer to nest in tree cavities or nest boxes.
  • As "sit and wait" predators, Western screech owls leave their roosts to forage just before sunset.