Screech Owl Facts

Posted by barnowlbox
on May 15, 2013
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  • The screech owl does not really screech. Its main calls are a soft tremolo and a whinny. The western screech owl call sounds like a bouncing ball.
  • Screech owls are easily attracted to nest boxes.
  • Screech owls eat mainly rodents.
  • Eastern and Western Screech Owl ranges combine to cover most of the U.S.
  • Preferred screech owl habitat is broken woods, gardens, and backyards.
  • Screech owls can easily be called down for observation by imitating screech owl calls or playing recordings of screech owls.
  • Screech owls are common in suburban settings, even within heavily populated areas.
  • Eastern screech owls can be red or gray, even in the same brood.
  • Western screech owls come in brown and gray phases.
  • The rotomolded Screech Owl Nest Box made by the Barn Owl Box Company will far outlast wooden nest boxes.
  • The lack of suitable nesting sites is often the greatest limiting factor for screech owl populations.
  • Screech owls prefer nest boxes over natural cavities, mainly because most natural cavities are more cramped than manmade boxes.
  • Neither Eastern or Western screech owls migrate, remaining permanent residents.

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Mark Browning has conducted research on barn owls for the past ten years. His project in California attracted 18 breeding pairs of barn owls that fledged 66 young on 100 acres. He is the designer of the Barn Owl Box.

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