Pictures, great pictures of screech owls in the great outdoors
Here is our collection of screech
owl pictures. This collection is going to get larger as
the weeks go by. We love screech owl photos and we are going to increase the number of screech
owl pictures in this section very soon.
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Here is some general information on the screech owl.
typical owls (Strigidae) belonging to the genus Megascops. Twenty-one living species are
known at present, but new ones are frequently recognized and unknown ones are still being
discovered on a regular basis, especially in the Andes.
Screech-owls hunt from perches in semi-open landscapes. They prefer areas which contain
old trees with hollows; these are home to their prey which includes insects, reptiles,
small mammals such as bats and mice and other small birds. Screech-owls have a good sense
of hearing which helps them locate their prey in any habitat.
They also possess well-developed
raptorial claws and a curved bill, both of which are used for tearing their prey into
pieces small enough to swallow easily. They usually carry their prey back to their nests,
presumably to guard against the chance of losing their meal to a larger raptor.
Screech-owls are primarily solitary.
During the late-winter breeding season, however, males make nests in cavities, sometimes
reusing abandoned nests of other animals, to try to attract females.