Eastern Screech Owl

Basic Information:

Scientific Name: Strix acio

Habitat: Eastern screech owls live in the forests and wetlands of the United States east of the Rocky Mountains. They prefer woodlands that are interspersed with the open clearings, meadows, and fields necessary for hunting.

Diet: Eastern screech owls eat large insects, small rodents, small birds, lizards, frogs, and sometimes small fish. 

Size: 0.6 to 0.8 feet tall / 1.5 to 2 foot wingspan

Weight: 0.3 to 0.4 pounds

Lifespan: 1 to 8 years in the wild. Up to 13 years in human care. 

Distribution Map:

I.U.C.N. Conservation Status:

What does this mean?

Least Concern – a species determined by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (I.U.C.N.) to be pervasive, abundant, and thriving.

Our Screech Owls:

Rusty (Female) – Estimated Date of Birth February 2019
Pitch (Female) – Estimated Date of Birth March 2019

Did You Know?!

  • Eastern Screech Owls have also been called the Common Screech Owl, Ghost Owl, Little-eared Owl, and Little Horned Owl.
  • Screech owls fly fairly rapidly with a steady wingbeat of about 5 flaps per second. 
  • When threatened, a screech owl will stretch its body and tighten its feathers in order to look like a branch snag to avoid detection, but will take flight when it knows it has been detected. 
  • Eastern screech owls have been known to bring other animals, such as snakes, into their nests to feed on the larval and pupal stages of parasitic insects that infest the nest cavity.

Due to needing time to set up for our Wine in the Wilderness Event, on June 3rd the zoo will be closing to the public at 1pm! We will reopen our doors at 6pm for the event! Event tickets will still be purchasable at our gift shop during this time!