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Eastern Screech Owl 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

Eastern Screech Owl IDENTIFYING CHARACTERISTICS:
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.)

HABITAT:
The Screech Owl is found in woodlands which are bordered by open fields. It is also common to find Screech Owls in urban areas.

FEEDING HABITS:
The Screech Owl feeds on small rodents, birds, insects and reptiles and/or whatever is most common to its surroundings or habitat.

NESTING:
The Screech Owl is a cavity nester which will use man made nesting boxes.

CONSERVATION STATUS:
The Screech Owl is considered a common owl and not afforded any special status.