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Eastern U.S.

Eastern Screech Owl

There are two color phases of eastern screech owls: gray and red.  Birds of both colors may be found in a single brood.  They usually pair for life; however, they are usually solitary except during the nesting season.

When threatened the screech owl relies on camouflage.  It will stretch its body up and pull its feathers tight to its body to look like a broken tree branch.

HABITATWoodlands, forests, parks and suburban areas
DIETInsects and other invertebrates, small mammals, reptiles and birds
LIFE Expectancy7-10 years

Fun Fact
Big cats can roar, but not purr. Small cats can purr, but not roar.
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