The eastern screech owl is one of the smallest of the owls and measures around 20 cm in height. It has tufts that it can flatten and large yellow eyes. Its color can vary from gray to brown with white stripes which allows it to camouflage itself perfectly among the bark of trees. It nests from March to June in mature deciduous forests and maple groves, orchards and parks. It lays 2 to 8 eggs which are incubated by the female for 26 days. The chicks are fed by both parents and make their first flight a few days after hatching, but stay in the nest for 28-35 days.
The eastern screech owl is nocturnal and becomes active at sunset. It feeds on a variety of small animals, including rodents, birds, amphibians, reptiles, fish, crustaceans and insects. It forms monogamous pairs which occupy a territory with several nests.
City, countryside and forest.
ECOLOGICAL SERVICES OF THE SPECIES
Controls the rodent population.
FACILITY In mature hardwood forests and maple groves, orchards and parks. Forest edge. Height: 3 to 9 meters. Orientation of the hole: south, southeast.
_ Carry out maintenance every fall to avoid pests and diseases
_ Do not drive screws or drive nails directly into trees.