Western Screech Owl (Otus Kennicottii)

The Western Screech Owl is aptly named as it can be found in the western areas of Canada. Centrally, Western and Eastern Screech Owls interbreed. This species tends to be larger than its eastern counterpart and lacks the red morph variant of its eastern cousin. Western Screech Owls have black beaks rather than bone, greenish or yellow beaks characteristic of Eastern Screech Owls. This species also has a different series of calls that easily distinguish it from the Eastern.

The Owl Foundation used to receive injured Western Screech Owls when rehabiliation of raptors was less common throughout the provinces. As rehab centres multiplied, TOF was refuge to fewer and fewer of the western Canadian owl species. As a result, we currently house no Western Screech Owls.


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