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Eastern Screech-Owl - Megascops asio

A small owl common in forests around Montreal. Especially in winter, the individuals of this species can be seen frequently at the same spot, a tree cavity even when the spot is not used to nest.

Common Names

  • Eastern Screech-Owl (en)
  • Autillo yanqui (es)
  • Petit-duc Macul√© (fr)
  • Ost-Kreischeule (de)

Taxonomy

  • Strigiformes
  • Strigidae
  • Megascops asio

Videos Behavioral Traits

Where & When to Spot

Best spotted during the winter months due to the lack of foliage and because the bird is more frequently resting at the same spot. Once you know the different possible resting places, finding the owl is easy.

Observation Logs

On every park visit, we maintain a log of species spotted and identified. If you maintain a similar list, please consider sharing it with Muuuh Wildlife Photography: Share Logs.

LocationSpringSummerAutumnWinter
Park Angrignon, Montreal 3 1 0 5

Times a species has been spotted, identified and logged while visiting this park. A species is reported only once / park visit. Only parks listed which we visit frequently all year long. Consult the page animal tracking about how we log observations in field.

How to Identify

This species exists in two color flavors, a grey variant and a reddish variant. Both variants can be seen around Montreal. Similar to other, larger owls, I use the shape of the ears and the line from the eye to the ear to identify this bird.

Photos

Eastern Screech-Owl (Megascops asio)

Eastern Screech-Owl (Megascops asio)

Park Angrignon, Montreal - 2018-04-22

NIKON D500; TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/1000; Aperture f6.3; Iso 640;

Eastern Screech-Owl (Megascops asio)

Eastern Screech-Owl (Megascops asio)

Park Angrignon, Montreal - 2018-03-10

NIKON D500; TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/640; Aperture f6.3; Iso 220;

Eastern Screech-Owl (Megascops asio)

Eastern Screech-Owl (Megascops asio)

Park Angrignon, Montreal - 2017-04-09

NIKON D500; TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/1250; Aperture f6.3; Iso 800;

Eastern Screech-Owl (Megascops asio)

Eastern Screech-Owl (Megascops asio)

Park Angrignon, Montreal - 2017-02-28

NIKON D7100; 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6; Focal Length 300mm; Exposure 1/1000; Aperture f5.6; Iso 200;

Eastern Screech-Owl (Megascops asio)

Eastern Screech-Owl (Megascops asio)

Invisible, thanks to supreme camouflage.

Park Angrignon, Montreal - 2016-03-13

NIKON D7100; 150-600mm f/5.0-6.3; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/1000; Aperture f6.3; Iso 280;

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