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Western Screech-Owl

Megascops kennicottii

Western Screech-Owl
copyright Steve Metz
Length: 8 in. (22 cm)
This small owl is confined to open woodland areas, riparian forest and occasionally saguaro cactus deserts. The nest is in a cavity of a tree, saguaro, telephone pole or occasionally in the eaves of a building. Activity is confined to the night time, and the daylight hours are spent in roosting cavities. Food varies from insects, frogs, small mammals and lizards to rarely fish. The four-digit banding code is WESO.

Desert
Desert

Oak-pine woodland
Oak-pine woodland

Riparian / River forest
Riparian / River forest

Urban city
Urban city

Savanna
Savanna

Mesquite bosque
Mesquite bosque

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