WESTERN SCREECH OWL - Megascops kennicottii - ©One Earth Images/Marlin Greene
Location: Western US
Status: Last Concern
The scientific name comes from the Latin word otus, referring to a “horned” owl, and the Latinized name for the American naturalist Robert Kennicott.
Screech-owls are one of the most common owls in the United States.
The word owl came from the Anglo-Saxon word ule, that was derived from the Latin word ululo, which means to cry out. Owls often have an eerie call that is mostly uttered at night. The Western Screech-Owl does not screech, but instead uses a trill of hoots similar to a fast bouncing ball.