The Western Screech-Owl, macfarlanei subspecies, is a small, grayish-brown owl with dense streaks and finer barring on the chest, yellow eyes and feather ear tufts on the head (see cover photo). It was designated as Endangered in Canada by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) in May 2002 and is Red-listed in British Columbia. The designation of this subspecies by COSEWIC as Endangered is due to the extremely small population size (<250 adults) and historical loss of its native riparian woodland breeding habitat in the lowland valleys of the Southern Interior of British Columbia, particularly in the Okanagan and lower Similkameen watersheds. This cavity-nesting species requires riparian habitat with mature, large diameter trees for nesting and roosting, as well as suitable adjacent woodlands and edges of open habitats, with suitable perches, for foraging.
Western Screech-Owl, macfarlanei subspecies Recovery Team. 2008. Recovery Strategy for the Western Screech-Owl, macfarlanei subspecies (Megascops kennicottii macfarlanei) in British Columbia. Ministry of Environment. BC Recovery Strategy (Species at Risk)
Topic: Recovery Planning
Keywords: SARA, screech-owl, species recovery, species at risk, bc