What Is a Screech Owl's Natural Habitat?

Screech owls are a group of North American owls that generally inhabit woodlands, swamps and wooded areas within cities, like cemeteries or parks. Depending on the species, they may favor completely wild areas or live indiscriminately among humans.

The screech owls are a group of approximately 25 species, ranged throughout North America. They tend to favor land with plenty of trees. The Eastern screech owl is well-adapted to life among humans and has the broadest ecological niche of any North American owl, meaning it is as at home nesting in an urban bird house as it is in a tree in the middle of a forest. Its cousin the Western screech owl, meanwhile, favors oak forests near rivers, although they may also be found in deserts and even in suburban settings.