Screech Owls are a type of owl known for their distinctive call, which contrary to their name, is not actually a screech. These nocturnal raptors are relatively small compared to other members of the owl family. They come in two primary colors - gray and rufous (reddish or brownish). Their compact size and ear tufts make them easily identifiable.
They have piercing yellow eyes that help them spot prey even in low light conditions. Screech owls are excellent hunters and they feed on a variety of creatures including insects, rats, mice, and smaller birds.
Despite their small stature, they're quite territorial beings and exhibit courage when defending their nests or territories. Their captivating calls echo through the night air making them one of nature's most fascinating creations.
As with many species of owls, Screech Owls carry wisdom symbolism in many cultures around the world. They represent adaptability due to their ability to thrive both in rural areas or suburban settings where humans live.