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Eastern Screech Owl

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Small but fierce!

This is the smallest species of owl you'll find in Florida, but it can eat up to a full grown mouse every day.

About the Species

Prominent around us.

The Eastern Screech-Owl is found wherever trees are, and they’re even willing to nest in backyard nest boxes. Though they have excellent camouflage, their call is distinctive if you hear it.

They are small with almost no neck, but their ear tufts give them a distinctive silhouette often associated with owls in general.

Words From the Experts

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If you have any trees in your neighborhood in the Eastern United States, it's not uncommon for an Eastern screech owl to make its home near yours!

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Did You Know?

Despite their name, Eastern screech owls don't "screech." Instead, make more of a they whinny sound.

Facts

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Origin

Eastern United States

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Habitat

Woodlands, trees, suburban landscapes

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Size

Height: 7–9 inches | Wingspan: 18–24 inches

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Diet

Insects, small birds, rodents

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Predators

Larger Owls, weasels, raccoons, skunks, snakes, crows

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Natural Defenses

Camouflage, vocal warnings

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Reproduction

2–6 eggs per clutch

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Status

Least Concern

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Life Expectancy

14 years on average

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