|The Western Screech Owl is fairly common
in the Sonoran Desert. It is a small bird,
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
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.