• Pa-Hay-okee Overlook

    Everglades

    National Park Florida

Pinelands Sound Gallery

Eastern screech owl

Gray morph of an Eastern screech owl.

Photo courtesy of C.S. Robbins, USGS

The Eastern screech owl (Otus asio) is a small, nocturnal, predatory bird with prominent ear tufts and yellow eyes. Some of these owls have rusty plumage, while others are dark gray. Their excellent camouflage makes it difficult to spot them hiding out in tree branches and hollows by day, but a trained observer can easily hear their whinnies and songs both day and night. Listen to the call of an Eastern screech owl recorded at the Pinelands acoustic monitoring site.

 

 
Acoustic monitoring sites in Everglades National Park.
Acoustic monitoring sites in Everglades National Park.

Did You Know?

Soft-Shell Turtle

Soft-shell turtles may not have the protective hard covering seen on other turtles, but they make up for that with relatively greater speeds in the water. Also, their long noses are well adapted for snorkeling. These amazing animals seem perfectly built for a life in the Everglades!