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Western Screech Owl

Western Screech Owls are well equipped to hunt at night. They have excellent night vision, can pinpoint prey with their impressive sense of hearing and can fly very quietly.

Natural History

The Western Screech Owl is fairly common in the Sonoran Desert. It is a small bird, measuring only about 8 inches tall. It is mostly gray in color with black and white streaked feathers and has distinctive ear tufts. The owl lives in wooded areas from low desert to mountains making its nests in tree cavities or saguaro holes. They mainly hunt at night and eat insects and rodents.

The Western Screech Owl at right was photographed at the Arizona - Sonora Desert Museum.

Female Western Screech Owls lay from 4 - 5 eggs in a clutch. They take about a month to hatch, during which time the male owl will feed the female while she incubates the eggs.

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