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Western Screech Owl
This and almost all Screech Owls in the Americas have previously been considered to belong in the same genus (Otus) as the European and Asian Scops-Owls, but a reassignment to Megascops have been accepted by among other authorities, the American Ornithologists' Union.
A study showing strong genetic structure may indicate a possible future split.
Open deciduous or mixed woods.
They are active during the night or as dusk approaches.
They nest in a cavity in a tree or cactus, often using old woodpecker holes.
They wait on a perch and swoop down on prey; they may also catch insects in flight. The diet includes small mammals and large insects, also small birds.
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