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Western Screech-Owl

Megascops kennicottii ORDER: STRIGIFORMES FAMILY: STRIGIDAE

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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Appearance

Owls
Owls
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

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

    Western Screech-Owl

    Adult
    • © 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.