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Western Screech Owl

Otus Kennincottii macfarlanei (interior)

This small owl has noticeable feather tuffs on the side of its head. Its brown/grey/white mottled feathers provide perfect camouflage. Sleeping in a hollow tree or dense shrubs during the day, you are not likely to spot them. At night, they wake to begin active hunting. Their tell-tale “bouncing ball” hoots will alert you to their presence.

where it lives


This small owl has noticeable feather tuffs on the side of its head. Its brown/grey/white mottled feathers provide the perfect camouflage. You are not likely to spot them during the day because they sleep inside hollow trees or dense shrubs. At night, they wake to begin hunting their prey. The tell-tale “bouncing ball” hoots of a Screech-owl will alert you to their presence.

conservation concern


Western Screech-Owls prefer open deciduous or mixed forests, especially near water. These owls feed only at night on a wide assortment of prey including insects, fish, birds and even earthworms! Western Screech-Owls are rare in Lillooet but have been found in the Xaxli’p Community Forest (Fountain Creek) as well as lower Cayoosh Creek and along the Fraser River to Lytton.

What you can do

If you live in suitable habitat for Screech Owls, consider constructing a nesting box for them. Learn how to build your own owl nest box here!

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