Micke Grove Zoo

SJGOV.org - How can we serve you today?

Visit S.J. County Parks & Recreation Website

Western Screech Owl
Megascops kennicottii

Habitat: Wide range which includes temperate forests, subtropical and tropical montane forests, shrubland, desert, rural fields and gardens

Range: Canada, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, and United States

Natural Diet: Large insects, birds and small mammals

Status in the Wild: Common (Least Concern)

 

Fun Animal Facts

It is a small species of owl, its length being 7 to 9 inches and wing span being 20 to 25 inches. The females are larger than the males. Their feathers are brownish-grey in color. They have round heads with tufted ears. Their eyes and bill are yellow in color. They emit high-pitched calls. Their life span is approximately 8 years in the wild. In captivity, they live twice as long. Females lay 3 to 7 eggs per clutch.

 

Click here to adopt an animal and help support the zoo.

Western screech owl Uno was rescued from the wild with an eye injury. She is involved in zoo education programs

 

Distributional range in North America