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Eastern Screech-Owl Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Maumee Bay State Park, OH
GPS: 41.7N, -83.4W, elev=577' MAP
Date: May 16, 2015
ID : B13K8557 [4896 x 3264]

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Eastern Screech-Owl Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Magee Marsh (Crane Creek), OH
GPS: 41.6N, -83.2W, elev=573' MAP
Date: May 31, 2009
ID : 7C2V8671 [3888 x 2592]

Eastern Screech-Owl (Red Morph)
 
 
Location: Magee Marsh (Crane Creek), OH
GPS: 41.6N, -83.2W, elev=573' MAP
Date: May 23, 2009
ID : 7C2V7441 [3888 x 2592]

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Eastern Screech-Owl Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Magee Marsh (Crane Creek), OH
GPS: 41.6N, -83.2W, elev=573' MAP
Date: May 24, 2009
ID : 7C2V7774 [3888 x 2592]

Eastern Screech-Owl Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Magee Marsh (Crane Creek), OH
GPS: 41.6N, -83.2W, elev=573' MAP
Date: May 10, 2008
ID : 1152 [3888 x 2592]

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SPECIES INFO

The Eastern Screech Owl or Eastern Screech-Owl (Megascops asio) is a small owl.

Adults have either rusty or dark gray intricately patterned plumage with streaking on the underparts. Small and stocky, short-tailed and broad-winged, they have a large round head with ear tufts, yellow eyes and a yellowish bill. Rusty birds are more common in the southern parts of the range; pairings of the two color variants do occur. A pale gray variation also exists in western Canada and the north-central United States. The color variations are referred to as "red-phase" and "gray-phase" by bird watchers and ornithologists.

Their breeding habitat is deciduous or mixed woods in eastern North America. Usually solitary, they nest in a tree cavity, either natural or excavated by a woodpecker; they will also use nesting boxes. They are strictly nocturnal, roosting during the day in cavities or next to tree trunks.

These birds wait on a perch on low limbs in open woods and along forest edges and swoop down on prey; they may also catch insects in flight. They mainly eat large insects and small rodents, as well as small birds. They are active at night or near dusk, using their excellent hearing and night vision to locate prey.

This species is infected by several parasites including Plasmodium elongatum, Plasmodium forresteri and Plasmodium gundersi.

The owl is used in the logo for the Hooters restaurant chain.



                                     




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