Do eastern screech owls really screech? – 2017

Do eastern screech owls really screech?

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It’s complicated

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Many birders will tell you it’s not complicated: screech owls don’t screech. In fact, the most common sound to come from these robin-sized owls is a short trilling call. Other birders say they do screech, but the ‘screech’ is the same sound that others describe as a ‘whinny.’

Eastern screech owl
The eastern screech owl or eastern screech-owl (Megascops asio) is a small owl that is relatively common in Eastern North America, from Mexico to Canada.This species is native to most wooded environments of its distribution, and more so than any other owl in its range, has adapted well to manmade development, although it frequently avoids detection due to its strictly nocturnal habits.

Wikipedia
Scientific name: Megascops asio
Biological classification: Species
Belongs to: Screech owl

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