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Western Screech Owl
(Otus kennicottii)

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(Photo 2001-2002

Size: 20-25 cm (similar to American Robin).   Description: Uniformly dark mottled gray with some white spots on the shoulders. Some individuals are a cinnamon-buff colour instead.   Range: In Canada, occurs only in British Columbia.   Habitat: Found in open woods and forest edges. Occurs in suburbs.   Nest: Tree cavity, or occasionally crevice in a building.   Voice: Short low hoots accelerating to a brief trill.   Diet: Rodents, insects, birds, amphibians, fish.   Behaviour: Highly nocturnal.   Notes: Non-migratory.





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