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Eastern Screech Owl
(Otus asio)

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(Photos 2001-2002

Size: 18-25 cm (similar to European Starling or American Robin).   Description: Most in Canada are gray, but a less common reddish-brown form exists as well. The only small owl in eastern Canada with ear tufts, though they may be lowered completely at times.   Range: Limited to the southern edges of Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec.   Habitat: Open woodlands, including suburban areas.   Nest: Tree cavities.   Voice: Quavering, descending whistle.   Diet: Small rodents; also insects, amphibians, birds.   Behaviour: Highly nocturnal.   Notes: Usually non-migratory.



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