The Eastern Screech Owl (Megascops asio) is a short, stocky bird with small pointed ear tuffs. These pint-sized owls are found wherever trees are and can be seen in woodlands, suburbs, and parks. Predominately nocturnal, the Eastern Screech Owl is generally hard to spot but can easily be identified by its distinctive call. Despite the name, screech-owls do not screech; the voice of this species features whinnies and soft trills.
18.9 -24 inches
They eat most kinds of small animals, including birds and mammals as well as surprisingly large numbers of invertebrates, including earthworms, insects, crawfish, tadpoles, frogs, and lizards.
Eastern Screech Owls are widespread and fairly common, but thought to have been gradually declining in some parts of their natural range. Obtaining a precise number on population size has proven to be difficult due to their small size and nocturnal nature. The screech owl is an extremely adaptable species of bird, which makes this bird a successful survivor in the face of change.
Keep an eye out for Dexter, the resident Eastern Screech Owl, at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. Dexter can be found in the Mississippi River Gallery walking around with keeper staff.