Western Screech Owl
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
Status in the Wild: Common (Least Concern)
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.