STATUS IN OKLAHOMA:|
Uncommon to rare resident in wooded areas of state, replaced by Western Screech Owl in part of Cimarron County.
"Oklahoma Bird Life" by: Frederick M. & A. Marguerite Baumgartner
The Eastern Screech Owl stands about 8 inches high and identified by its prominent tusks and white "eyebrows". This owl is often mistaken for a baby Great Horned Owl. This owl has two color phases, grey and red.
(Compare the two photos on this page.)
The Screech Owl is found in woodlands which are bordered by open fields. It is also common to find Screech Owls in urban areas.
The Screech Owl feeds on small rodents, birds, insects and reptiles and/or whatever is most common to its surroundings or habitat.
The Screech Owl is a cavity nester which will use man made nesting boxes.
The Screech Owl is considered a common owl and not afforded any special status.