SCIENTIFIC NAME:Megascops asio POPULATION: 680,000 TREND: Decreasing HABITAT: Open forests east of the Rockies
The little Eastern Screech-Owl lives alongside people in many suburban and even urban settings throughout the eastern United States. Although widespread, this nocturnal bird, like theBarn Owland Eastern Whip-poor-will, often goes unseen and is best detected by its song and calls.
During nesting, the male brings food while the female broods the eggs and young; like the maleNorthern Saw-whet Owl, it often caches several days’ worth of food for the nestlings. The Eastern Screech-Owl’s varied diet includes small birds and mammals, reptiles, insects, crayfish, and earthworms.