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Compact Western Screech-Owls are not much taller than a standard pair of binoculars.

Compact Western Screech-Owls are not much taller than a standard pair of binoculars.

Inconspicuous but locally very common is this little owl. In the varied terrain of the west, its haunts range from coastal forests in southeastern Alaska to cactus groves in the Arizona desert, and it is often found in suburban areas. Until the 1980s, Western and Eastern screech-owls were considered to belong to the same species because they look so similar; however, their voices differ, and they apparently recognize their own kind by sound. Conservation status Widespread and common, but has declined in some areas because of habitat loss. Family Owls Habitat Wooded canyons, desert mesquites, farm groves, shade trees. Found in a wide variety of wooded or semi-open habitats, including forest edge, wooded suburbs, canyons, mesquite groves and saguaros in the desert, streamside groves in arid country. Mostly in deciduous or mixed woods. Avoids extreme desert situations and hig...

Full article: http://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/western-screech-owl

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