Eastern Screech-Owl Megascops asio
A small owl common in forests around Montreal. Especially in winter, the individuals of this species can be seen frequently at the same spot, a tree cavity even when the spot is not used to nest.
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Aves > Strigiformes > Strigidae
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How to Identify
This species exists in two color flavors, a grey variant and a reddish variant. Both variants can be seen around Montreal. Similar to other, larger owls, I use the shape of the ears and the line from the eye to the ear to identify this bird.
Where When to Spot
Best spotted during the winter months due to the lack of foliage and because the bird is more frequently resting at the same spot. Once you know the different possible resting places, finding the owl is easy.
Number of times a species has been observed, identified, and recorded. A species is reported only once per visit to a park.
Photos of Eastern Screech-Owl
Videos of Eastern Screech-Owl
Eastern Screech Owl (Megascops asio) - Waking Up
Recorded: 2018-04-27 - Published: 2023-05-14 - Duration: [04:34]
Well Camouflaged Eastern Screech Owl (Megascops asio)
Recorded: 2019-03-08 - Published: 2020-02-29 - Duration: [00:07]
You can watch these videos and many more on Muuuh's YouTube Channel.