A friend showed us where to find this Whiskered Screech-Owl close to the road and out in the open. She was asleep but opened one eye to check us out.
The Whiskered Screech Owl is found over a small area of the Southwest United States. Its distribution extends down the western mountains of Mexico and into part of Central America. We heard several “tooting” during the night where we were staying in Portal, Arizona. Sometimes their toots sound like Morse code.