Owl - screech

It responds well to play backs or imitated calls but can be very difficult to see. Sometimes it can be seen making insect catching flights from thick scrubby areas and forest edges. It feeds mostly on large insects but may also take lizards, frogs and small mammals.

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The darker the color, the more favorable the climate conditions are for survival. The outlined areas represent approximate current range for each season.

Courtship displays of male include bowing, raising wings, clicking bill. Male brings food to female. Mated pairs preen each other's feathers, call in duet. Nest site is in cavity in tree, including natural hollows and abandoned woodpecker holes; will also use artificial nest boxes. Usually 10-30' above ground, can be 5-80' up.

Monogamous by nature, WSOs pair before breeding, engaging in long-term bonds. Before mating, the male emits a mating call perching on a branch with the female, sitting close by, to which the latter usually reciprocates.

Original Description: Elliot, Daniel Giraud. 1867. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Science of Philadelphia, 19, p. 99-100.

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