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BIRD OF THE WEEK
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Megascops asio
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 the Barn Owl and 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 male Northern 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.