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FAMILY STRIGIDAE

     This family includes all North American owls other than the barn owl.  These owls often possess tufts of feathers or “horns”.  Owls which have dark brown irises usually lack ear tufts and are highly nocturnal while those with yellow irises often possess ear tufts and can be active at dusk and dawn.

 SCREECH OWL

     Eastern screech owls are found in two colors: a gray brown and a reddish phase.  They feed primarily on rodents and insects but also include fish and crayfish in their diet.  In the Northeast, males begin calling in January and calls reach their peak in March and April.  They prefer open woods and have adapted well to suburban areas.  Their diet includes a diversity of small mammals, and birds, although they can also feed on reptiles, amphibians, fish, and invertebrates.

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