Eastern screech-owls are native to Michigan and throughout much of eastern North America. They have the broadest ecological niche of any North American owl and are found in all kinds of habitats below 1500 meters elevation. They also have the most varied diet of any owl in North America. Eastern screech-owls will eat small mammals, small birds, insects, earthworms, amphibians and reptiles.
We currently have one eastern screech-owl at Sarett named Rufus. Rufus suffered an eye injury and was not able to be released back to the wild. Visit him inside the Nature Center!
Life Span: About 10 years in captivity, less in the wild
Size: 6-9 inches long, weighs about 6 ounces
Food Habits: Carnivore