screech comparison
IWRC Raptor ID Series
     
Screech Owl & Relatives
 
 
Eastern
Western
Whiskered
Flammulated
 
Eyes
yellow irises
yellow irises
yellow irises
dark brown irises
Beak
blue-green to
yellow-green beak
gray/black beak
yellow-green beak
 
Ear Tufts
wide set
wide set
wide set
very short
Feet

toes feathered
(photo of
feet needed)

toes feathered

(photo of
feet needed)
small, toes feathered
(photo of feet needed)
small, toes not feathered
Phases

gray


monochromatic - grayish

gray
 

red

 

 
(photo needed)
red
Distribution
Eastern US
lower altitudes
Western US
Southwest US
Southwest and Rockies
higher elevations
Markings
     
fine dense barring
V-shaped markings
on scapulars
Size
average length: 8.7'
average length: 9.2"
average length: 7"
average length: 6.5"
     
 
*Length from: Karl E. Karalus, Allan W. Eckert, (1987).
The Owls of North America. New York: Weathervane Books
   
     
     
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