This Western screech owlet was rescued and released by the Tucson Wildlife Center.
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Western screech owls make nests in holes in living or dead tree trunks and saguaro cacti. They will also use nest boxes that people make out of wood and hang in trees for them. A mating pair will stay together for many years.
The female owl usually lays 3
to 5 white eggs but can lay as many as 8. She sits
on the nest and remains with the young when they are born while the
male brings her food. Both parents defend the nest and the babies.