Tropical Screech Owls can be found in Central and South America. They stand 8-9 inches tall, with a 6-7 inch wingspan, and weigh 3.5-5.5 ounces. Tropical Screech Owls have three different morphs: brown, gray-brown, and rufous (reddish-brown).1
These owls are found in wooded habitats and can be easily identified by the sounds they make. Like other screech owls, they make a trilling sound. Their trill has a pop sound at the end of it. Overall, these birds are considered of Least Concern.2
Tropical Screech Owls eat a variety of prey, including:1
They don’t build their nests, but take over natural and manmade cavities or old nests built by other birds. They usually will lay a clutch of 1-3 eggs at a time.1 Although these birds are considered of Least Concern, they still face some challenges when it comes to pesticides, car crashes, and deforestation – all of which can have an impact on their ability to survive in their habitat.1&2
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