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Eastern Screech-Owl Identification Tips
(Credit: U. S. Geological Survey)
General Information
- Small, nocturnal, predatory bird
- Large, rounded head with ear tufts
- Yellow eyes
- Dense streaking on underparts with finer barring
- Some birds have rusty plumage, others dark gray
- Sexes similar

Similar species
The Eastern Screech-Owl is very similar in plumage to Western and Whiskered Screech-Owls and is best separated by voice. Other small owls lack prominent ear tufts.
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