Whiskered Screech-Owl

Megascops trichopsis

Order

STRIGIFORMES

Family

Barn Owls, Typical Owls (Tytonidae & Strigidae)

Code 4

WHSO

Code 6

MEGTRI

ITIS

Egg Color:

White



Number of Eggs:

2 - 4



Incubation Days:

21 - 30



Egg Incubator:

Female



Nest Location:

Found at higher elevations., In cottonwoods, large willows, junipers, and saguaro cacti.



Nest Material:

Little information known. Nest is difficult to find.



Migration:

Nonmigratory



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General

Whiskered Screech-Owl: Small owl with distinct ear tufts, gray and brown mottled upperparts, and brown-streaked, white-barred underparts. Facial bristles are longer and denser than in other screech owls. Sexes are similar.

Range and Habitat

Whiskered Screech-Owl: This species is a resident within its range, which extends from extreme southeast Arizona south through western and central Mexico. In the northern part of its range, there may be some down slope movements in winter. Its preferred habitats include montane with dense oak and oak-conifer forests.

Breeding and Nesting

Whiskered Screech-Owl: Two to four white eggs are laid in a natural cavity or abandoned woodpecker hole. Female incubates for 21 to 30 days.

Foraging and Feeding

Whiskered Screech-Owl: Feeds on insects, spiders, and small mammals. Hunts from a perch, flying out to catch winged prey.

Vocalization

Whiskered Screech-Owl: Main call is a long series of hoots "woot, woot, woot, woot", with emphasis on the third note and falling off towards the end. Also calls a hollow hooting, usually in duet with the slightly higher pitched female.

Similar Species

Whiskered Screech-Owl: Eastern Screech-Owl is larger, has yellow eyes, and duller breast streaks. Western Screech-Owl is larger, darker overall, has yellow eyes, and a gray/black bill. Voice is often the best way to distinguish these species.

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X