Eastern Screech Owl

Category: Birds

The Eastern Screech Owl is a smaller member of the owl family. This owl, like its other owl cousins, can be found in most of North America, from the northern part of Canada to the central part of Mexico.

Eastern Screech Owl

Eastern Screech Owl

Scientific & Common Names

Kingdom - Animalia

Phylum - Chordata

Class - Aves

Order - Strigiformes

Family - Strigidae

Genus - Megascops

Species - M. asio

Common Name - Eastern Screech Owl.


The Eastern Screech Owl is a small owl that is very common in North America. This owl typically makes its home in wooded areas. The Eastern Screech Owl travels mostly under the cover of darkness, and hunts his or her prey during the nighttime hours. This allows them to escape detection by enemies and humans alike. This little owl measures between six and ten inches long, and usually weighs between four to nine ounces. They are generally red or gray in color.


The Eastern Screech Owl will make its nest in a hollowed out area in a tree. This owl lays between one and six eggs; eggs are laid typically two days apart, beginning in April. The incubation period for the Eastern Screech Owl's eggs is around 26 days.


The Eastern Screech Owl is a nocturnal animal and takes to the roost during the day. It makes its roost in wooded areas usually, but will avoid areas where larger owls make their homes. This bird is very vocal, especially during nighttime hours and during the breeding season in the spring. This owl is very small and is usually heard and not seen. This owl is a bird of prey and hunts small animals and rodents.


The Eastern Screech Owl was first documented in 1758. It can be found in Canada, Mexico, and the United States. This particular species of owl has an average life span of around 20 years when in captivity. However, those in the wild do not live nearly as long, due to disease and predators.

Present Status

The Eastern Screech Owl has a large population in North America. This owl is not on any list of endangered species at this time.