Western Screech-Owl

Megascops kennicottii
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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.

Male | Steve Metz

Female | Jim Burns


Mesquite bosque

Oak-pine woodland

Riparian / River forest


Urban city
Bird Sound Type: Hooting
Sex of Bird: Male
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Bibliographic details:

  • Article: Western Screech-Owl
  • Author(s): Dr. Biology
  • Publisher: Arizona State University School of Life Sciences Ask A Biologist
  • Site name: ASU - Ask A Biologist
  • Date published: July 13, 2017
  • Date accessed: June 13, 2024
  • Link: https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/western-screech-owl

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Dr. Biology. (2017, July 13). Western Screech-Owl. ASU - Ask A Biologist. Retrieved June 13, 2024 from https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/western-screech-owl

American Psychological Association. For more info, see http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/10/

Chicago Manual of Style

Dr. Biology. "Western Screech-Owl". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 13 July, 2017. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/western-screech-owl

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Dr. Biology. "Western Screech-Owl". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 13 Jul 2017. ASU - Ask A Biologist, Web. 13 Jun 2024. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/western-screech-owl

Modern Language Association, 7th Ed. For more info, see http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/08/
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