Western Screech Owl

Weight: Up to 10 ounces

Wingspan: 2 feet

Western Screech Owl

Much smaller than great horned or barn owls, these screech owls are much less commonly seen around Orange County. They typically spend daylight in tree cavities where they blend in very well. Unlike their name suggests, their calls actually sounds similar to a ball dropping, more so than a screech. These owls have tufts on their head that resemble ears just like great horned owls, sometimes more prominent than others. If you see a very small owl around the canyon areas, it might be a screech owl.

Western Screech Owl
Western Screech Owl
Western Screech Owl
Western Screech Owl