Rutland Falconry and Owl Centre
Rutland Falconry & Owl Centre
Screech Owl


A small owl standing only about eight inches high, the screech owl is identified by its prominent ear tufts and white "eyebrows." It is often mistaken for a baby great horned owl. The screech owl has two color phases, gray and red.

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Found across North America and south into Mexico, this owl is not found in Minnesota north of Itasca county.


The screech owl is found in woodlands bordered
with open fields. It is not uncommon to find screech owls in urban areas.


The screech owl is a cavity nester that will use nest boxes.


Screech owls will feed on a wide variety of prey, utilizing what is most common. Some food items include small rodents, birds, insects, and reptiles.