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Western screech owl
Megascops kennicottii

Western screech owl dozing in the afternoon sun near Valentine Well south of Ajo, AZ. Photo by Shirley Freeman.

Size: 8.5 inches
Overall Color: gray
Occurrence: widespread
Diet: arthropods, amphibians, reptiles
Nest: cavity
Field Identification: ear tufts, yellow eyes
Season: year-round

Kingdom: Animalia (Animals)
Phylum: Chordata (hollow nerve cord)
Subphylum: Vertebrata (backbone)
Class: Aves (Birds)
Order: Strigiformes
Family: 38 Strigidae (owls)
Genus: Megascops
Species: kennicottii

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