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Western Screech-Owl


IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

A common small owl of the West, the Western Screech-Owl can be found in urban as well as wild lands.

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Typical Voice

Adult Description

  • A small owl.
  • Feathered ear tufts.
  • Gray or gray-brown with small black streaks on feathers.

Immature Description

Like adult.

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Field MarksHelp

  • Adult

    Western Screech-Owl

    • © CVBirder, Cache County, Utah, January 2013
  • Adult

    Western Screech-Owl

    • © Janice L, Tualatin River NWR, Oregon, February 2011

Similar Species

  • Eastern Screech-Owl has thicker streaks on chest feathers and paler bill.
  • Whiskered Screech-Owl has more orange eyes, and yellowish bill.

    Backyard Tips

    Consider putting up a nest box to attract a breeding pair. Make sure you put it up well before breeding season. Attach a guard to keep predators from raiding eggs and young. Find out more about nest boxes on our Attract Birds pages. You'll find plans for building a nest box of the appropriate size on our All About Birdhouses site.