A Reference for North and Central American Owls
The Eastern Screech-Owl is a very common resident in much of its US range east of the Rocky Mountains. Although it is most commonly seen here in the US, it can also be found in Southern Canada and NE Mexico. In the US it is found in red, brown and gray color morphs. Here you will find photos, recordings, and video to help identify and find this small owl. The field notes section discusses the differences between the other two resident screech-owls found in the US that could potentially overlap with this species in its range. Screech-owls are best separated by sound since they are often extremely close in appearance. Individual variations and potential cross breeding in range overlaps are also discussed to help identify this owl. A more in depth look at it's life history and biology can be found in the biology section of this site.