Eastern Screech Owl (red morph) 12/21/17

There are a couple dozen screech owl species found in the Americas, all of them now considered different enough from their old world “scops owl” cousins to warrant their own genus “Megascops.” Contrary to their name, Eastern Screech Owls don’t screech. Instead they have a descending trill that’s reminiscent of a horse whinnying and another courting trill. Eastern Screeches come in 2 color morphs, red or gray (in southernmost Florida there’s a third rare brown morph). Except for occasionally finding one roosting on its doorstep like this, they’re strictly nocturnal and go unnoticed.

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