This is the smallest species of owl you'll find in Florida, but it can eat up to a full grown mouse every day.
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.
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!
Despite their name, Eastern screech owls don't "screech." Instead, make more of a they whinny sound.
Eastern United States
Woodlands, trees, suburban landscapes
Height: 7–9 inches | Wingspan: 18–24 inches
Insects, small birds, rodents
Larger Owls, weasels, raccoons, skunks, snakes, crows
Camouflage, vocal warnings
2–6 eggs per clutch
14 years on average