Types Of Owls In California

Types Of Owls In California

1. Owls In California: 14 Must-See Species


Thanks to its oak woodlands and Mediterranean climate, it's no wonder California is home to 14 species of owls!

The state's summers are dry and hot while winters are mild; for a wide variety of birds, this makes for an ideal habitat to live in year-round with no need to migrate during the winter months. Not to mention that California also packs a total of 110 state and eight national parks, which provides plenty of space for raptors and birds you don't usually see on the streets to flutter about.

Whether you're going to the Golden State for a trip or living there, there's a high chance you can catch one or two of the 14 species of owls in California.

Owls In California:

Barred Owl

Spotted Owl

Barn Owl

Western Screech-Owl

Great Gray Owl

Great Horned Owl

Snowy Owl

Northern Saw-Whet Owl

Flammulated Owl

Short-Eared Owl

Long-Eared Owl

Northern Pygmy-Owl

Burrowing Owl

Elf Owl

Looking for owls in California proves to be a fun experience for avid bird watchers, thanks to the abundance of the state's prey birds. The majority of the 14 species you'll find there are permanent residents, increasing your chances of seeing them there.

Learn more about these owls in our article below!
wildbirdscoop.com/california-owls.html

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2. Barn Owls: The Secret Saviors of Napa Valley's Vineyards


Barn owls have long been one of the secrets to Napa Valley’s world-class wines. Rather than relying on chemicals and pesticides, winemakers work with owls—nature’s best pest control—to ensure that the best grapes make it to your wine bottle without rodent interference. Wildlife biologist Carrie Wendt has spent years learning how these majestic nocturnal creatures can have productive, working relationships with winemakers. So the next time you take a sip of that California pinot, take a moment to thank our feathered friends who helped make that glass possible.

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3. OWL Sounds | Different Types of Owls and Their Sounds


What sound does an owl make? Let's listen to sounds of different kinds of owls and learn their names. Subscribe to Kiddopedia channel for more animal and bird videos → kiddopedia.page.link/sub

In this Kiddopedia Birds video, you will listen to different owl sounds. The purpose of this video is to teach you the most common types of owls and the sounds they make. Owls make a variety of loud, continuous sounds, including hoots, barks, whistles, coos, and cries. People most closely associate the birds with their hooting, which is deep and soft and used to claim territory and call for mates. Their other noises are typically more high pitched and sound like singing or cooing.

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Owls are birds in the order Strigiformes. There are 200 species, and they are all animals of prey. Most of them are solitary and nocturnal; in fact, they are the only large group of birds which hunt at night. Owls are specialists night-time hunters. They feed on small mammals such as rodents, insects, and other birds, and a few species like to eat fish as well.

List of species of owls in this video:
Barn Owl - Tyto Alba
Snowy Owl - Bubo Scandiacus
Burrowing Owl - Athene Cunicularia
Great Horned Owl - Bubo Virginianus
Little Owl - Athene noctua
Elf Owl - Micrathene Whitneyi
Northern Hawk Owl - Surnia Ulula
Eurasian Eagle Owl - Bubo Bubo
Great Grey Owl - Strix Nebulosa
Long-Eared Owl - Asio otus
Barred Owl - Strix Varia
Northern Saw-Whet Owl - Aegolius Acadicus
Short-eared Owl - Asio Flammeus
Spectacled Owl - Pulsatrix Perspicillata
Western Screech Owl - Megascops Kennicottii
Eastern Screech Owl - Megascops Asio
Eurasian Pygmy Owl - Glaucidium Passerinum
Boreal Owl - Aegolius funereus
Speckled Owl - Pulsatrix perspicillata
Oriental Bay Owl - Phodilus badius
Tawny Owl - Strix aluco
Striped Owl - Asio clamator
Tawny Fish-Owl - Ketupa flavipes
Spotted Wood-Owl - Strix seloputo
Eurasian Scops Owl - Otus scops
Tengmalm’s Owl - Aegolius funereus
Ural Owl - Strix uralensis

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4. 5 Of The Largest Owl Species In The World


On this planet there are many beautiful birds. These birds all have their own place in their ecosystems whether it be as predators or as prey. Some of the most distinctive birds are of course the owls. There are over 200 species of owl alive today and some of these species are of course very large. In this video i will be going through 5 of the largest owl species in the world.

Chapters
0:00 Introduction
0:37 Great Grey Owl
2:15 Great Horned Owl
3:42 Snowy Owl
5:16 Eurasian Eagle-Owl
6:32 Blakiston's Fish Owl

Owl Charities and donation links:

Blakiston's fish owl project:
russia.wcs.org/en-us/projects/blakistons-fish-owl-project.aspx

Peregrinefund link:
peregrinefund.org/explore-raptors-species/owls/eurasian-eagle-owl

Attributions

Blakiston's fish owl images:
Takashi Muramatsu
flickr.com/photos/147061930@N04/
(CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
Robert tdc
flickr.com/photos/16942101@N06/
(CC BY-SA 2.0)
Hiyashi Haka
flickr.com/photos/hiyashi/
(CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
Koji Ishii
flickr.com/photos/koji1106/
(CC BY 2.0)

Eurasian eagle-owl images:
James West
flickr.com/photos/ejwwest/
(CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
Imran Shah
flickr.com/photos/gilgit2/
(CC BY-SA 2.0)
Sonja Pauen
flickr.com/photos/dutch-tiger/
(CC BY 2.0)
Jürgen Mangelsdorf
flickr.com/photos/22084572@N07/
(CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
Maxwell Hamilton
flickr.com/photos/mualphachi/
(CC BY 2.0)
Stephane Tardif
flickr.com/photos/131988977@N08/
(CC BY 2.0)
Cloudtail the Snow Leopard
flickr.com/photos/blacktigersdream/
(CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Great horned owl image:
David Ellis
flickr.com/photos/david44149/
(CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
Denis Fournier
flickr.com/photos/heolzo/
(CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
Tim Lumley
flickr.com/photos/tim_lumley/
(CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Snowy owl images:
Neil McIntosh
flickr.com/photos/harlequeen/
(CC BY 2.0)
Peter K Burian
commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Peter_K_Burian
(CC BY-SA 4.0)
Colin Frankland
flickr.com/photos/colfrankland/
(CC BY-NC 2.0)
Howard Ignatius
flickr.com/photos/howardignatius/
(CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
Rhododendrites
commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Rhododendrites
(CC BY-SA 4.0)
Tambako The Jaguar
flickr.com/photos/tambako/
(CC BY-ND 2.0)
Pat Gaines
flickr.com/photos/patgaines/
(CC BY-NC 2.0)

Great grey owl images:
yapaphotos
flickr.com/photos/yapaphotos/
(CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
Frank D. Lospalluto
flickr.com/photos/chloesview/
(CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
hehaden
flickr.com/photos/hellie55/
(CC BY-NC 2.0)
Arne List
flickr.com/photos/arne-list/
(CC BY-SA 2.0)

Great horned owl footage:
David Marvin
flickr.com/photos/davidmarvin/
(CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
Andy Reago & Chrissy McClarren
flickr.com/photos/wildreturn/
CC BY 2.0)
Robert Pruner
flickr.com/photos/bobandthebirds/
(CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
Tony Mitra
flickr.com/photos/tonu/
(CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
J. Maughn
flickr.com/photos/jmaughn/
(CC BY-NC 2.0)
DanStreiffert
youtube.com/user/DanStreiffert
QACTV
youtube.com/c/QACTV

Snowy owl footage:
Robert Pruner
flickr.com/photos/bobandthebirds/
(CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
Andy Reago and Chrissy McClarren
youtube.com/user/AndyReago
Ana Alonso
youtube.com/user/xvertesonreir
Alain Fossé
youtube.com/c/AlainFoss%C3%A9
Amanathia
youtube.com/user/amanathia
Metshag
youtube.com/user/metshag

Great grey owl footage:
Lorie Shaull
flickr.com/photos/number7cloud/
(CC BY 2.0)
Bird Community
youtube.com/channel/UC_668xubVA8avLTHvwdQkFQ
Ken Anderson Photogrpahy
youtube.com/channel/UCrHEepBeIKj9_DEaTMZnxcg

Eurasian eagle-owl footage:
Robert Meier
youtube.com/channel/UCFP_TG1gM8Xjo1nS44r5udw
(CC BY 3.0)
Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/en:Netherlands_Institute_for_Sound_and_Vision
(CC BY-SA 3.0 NL)

Island Fox image:
Tom Benson
flickr.com/photos/40928097@N07/
(CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

White-footed mouse image:
Joseph Gage
flickr.com/photos/181920661@N03/
(CC BY-SA 2.0)

Sand cat image:
Cloudtail the Snow Leopard
flickr.com/photos/blacktigersdream/
(CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

White nosed coati image:
Thomas Milne
flickr.com/photos/thomasmilne/
(CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Brown fish owl image:
Mkcprabhath
commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=User:Mkcprabhath&action=edit&redlink=1
(CC BY-SA 4.0)

Masked palm civet image:
yuki_alm_misa
flickr.com/photos/heididorf/
(CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

I have edited and adapted some of these clips and images.
Creative commons licences: creativecommons.org/licenses/

Thanks for watching I hope you enjoyed :)


5. Flying the SECOND LARGEST Owl in the World!!!


This is a Eurasian eagle owl! The second largest owl in the world! This individual is obviously not the largest but the species! Another thing we only feed frozen thawed animals to our ambassadors! No animals were harmed in this video! Hopefully this clears up a lot of comments from the first video. Hope you guys enjoy it


6. One of the Most Fascinating and Deadliest Owls in North America | The Great horned Owl


Native to North America this widely distributed and common owl is a familiar sight for many. The Great Horned Owl may be seen making its home in cities, in a forest, or even in your backyard.

🔴5 Fascinating Owls of North America video▶️ youtu.be/VdECvrMQkyk

Timestamps and common questions:
00:00 What does a Great Horned Owl look like?
00:46 Male and female differences
01:03 Do Great-horned Owls migrate?
01:28 Where to find a Great-horned Owl
02:00 What does a Great-horned Owl like to eat?
03:04 What sounds does a Great-horned Owl make?
04:17 Great Horned Owl nesting habits
05:59 Great-horned Owl population and conservation
07:37 My thoughts on the Great-horned Owl
Where do Great-horned Owls live?

Photos and videos provided by the following
Thumbnail: by MattCuda via canva.com/pro (license below)

(A-Z)
Aaron Hedetniemi
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(BBRR) Braddock Bay Raptor Research via MyDailyNature (Thumbnail)
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MyDailyNature
YouTube: youtube.com/channel/UChHoZl__WiCdQeCmb1mZJuw/videos

Chris Rigobello
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Dan Streiffert
flickr.com/photos/61411278@N00/

FWoltman
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Veteranhealing
Nest box photo
Etsy shop: etsy.com/ca/listing/812160458/barred-or-great-horned-owl-nesting-box
(no affiliation to sales)

Woodlands of Canada
Website: woodlandsofcanada.com
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Flickr: flickr.com/photos/191185807@N07/
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Lucine Reinbold (no links)
Paul Bigelow (no links)
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Audio:
End music
Castleshire - Chris Haugen via YouTube Audio Library
Shortened for length

All Original audios below were shortened and some background noise removed

Intro
Christopher McPherson, XC612143. Accessible at xeno-canto.org/612143

Duet
Ted Floyd, XC589306. Accessible at xeno-canto.org/589306

Bill Snapping
Lance A. M. Benner, XC335900. Accessible at xeno-canto.org/335900.

Begging call/sharp screams
Sunny Tseng, XC503347. Accessible at xeno-canto.org/503347.

Strange noise from female #1 and #2
Ted Floyd, XC589306. Accessible at xeno-canto.org/589306

Strange Honk noise #3
Lance A. M. Benner, XC604887. Accessible at xeno-canto.org/604887.

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The individuals' names can be found on their respective photos/videos and /or found below (license at the end)

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Pixnio.com
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7. Great Horned Owl vocals of Male, Female and Juvenile


Male and Female GHO vocalizing and Juvenile food begging call (eeps) 6 Jan 18 approx 7:05am.
Camera courtesy of Owl Research Institute and Explore.org link at explore.org.
Link to live cam: explore.org/livecams/ospreys/charlo-montana-osprey-nest.


8. The Best Owl Sounds🦉- Different Types of North American Owls and Their Sounds🎶


The Best Owl Sounds - Different Types of North American Owls and Their Sounds. In this video you will be able to hear different sounds of owls from North America. In this video I want to show you the most common types of owls in North America and the sounds they make. Owls can make a variety of loud, continuous sounds, including sounds that resemble hooting, barking, hissing, cooing and crying.

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Type of owls sounds from the video:
00:00 | Intro
00:07 | Great horned Owl
00:44 | Barred Owl
01:38 | Snowy Owl
02:04 | Eastern Screech Owl
03:08 | Short Eared Owl
04:04 | Burrowing Owl
05:10 | Western Screech Owl
06:24 | Northern Pygmy Owl
08:08 | Barn Owl
09:11 | Long Eared Owl
10:11 | Elf Owl
10:56 | Boreal Owl
11:45 | Flammulated Owl
12:34 | Northern Hawk Owl
13:23 | Spotted Owl
14:26 | Great Gray Owl
15:29 | Final

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9. The call of a great horned owl


Get up close and personal and hear the haunting call of a great horned owl, followed by a great horned owl squawk!


10. How to find owls


I got my start owling in 2020 when I was an Allegheny County park ranger. I led owl prowls and started to get out into the field when I was off the clock to look for owls. I became enthralled with them and it became a passion to learn more about their hidden lives. I hope it brings the same joy for you that it brings for me.

I have used info collected for the ranger "owl prowls" as well as my own research to help give you the confidence to start trying to find owls. Good luck!

Owl adaptations:
youtu.be/d_FEaFgJyfA (flight)
youtu.be/kpBCzzzX6zA (senses)

Recommended Apps:
- eBird
- Audubon Birds
- BirdNET

Other references:
youtu.be/XJI4hGM6LQ4 (great intro to birding)
youtu.be/jg0QOYzoVz8
youtu.be/AEBaByqigew (other good apps)

birds.cornell.edu/home/ (Cornell Lab of Ornithology website)

birdwatchingdaily.com/news/birdwatching/how-to-locate-owls/
thespruce.com/tips-on-owling-386696

fauconeduc.biz/documents/pelletguide09_10.pdf (pellets PDF)

google.com/amp/s/thebrainbank.scienceblog.com/2015/03/08/are-all-owls-really-nocturnal-and-other-common-misconceptions-about-owls/amp/

intechopen.com/books/owls/introductory-chapter-why-the-number-of-owl-species-in-the-world-continues-increasing- (owl population debate)

owlresearchinstitute.org/owls-1 (general owl knowledge)

wired.com/2014/06/squirrel-alarm-calls-are-surprisingly-complex/ (squirrel alarms)

youtube.com/watch?v=ESJaPmfbius (chipmunk alarms)

Call ethics:
thespruce.com/ethics-of-bird-calls-386683

Conservation:
owlresearchinstitute.org/owl-conservation

nature.org/en-us/get-involved/how-to-help/animals-we-protect/owls/

hungryowls.org/rescue-diaries/2019/9/12/10-things-you-can-do-to-help-owls

aviary.org/conservation/community-science/project-owlnet/

Media & Music credits:
Bensound.com (in the description for a video) bensound.com/royalty-free-music/acoustic-folk

Chipmunk
videvo.net/video/chipmunk/381/

Squirrel
wired.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/moans12s.wav
Luke Yanko on Pixels

Owl pellets
birdnote.org/explore/field-notes/2016/02/whats-owl-casting-pellets

Bird Close up
videvo.net/video/closeup-of-a-bird/3557/

Saw-whet owl photo: National Aviary Website
aviary.org/conservation/community-science/project-owlnet/

Lofi music my David Renda


11. Great Horned Owl on the Hunt | Nat Geo Wild


A Great Horned Owl syncs its ears and eyes to unleash it’s silent assault on prey.
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12. Spotted vs. Barred: Investigating Hybrid Owls in the West | California Academy of Sciences


Northern spotted owls are endangered and scientists are rushing to learn more about the species to help protect them against potential threats.

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13. Owls of North America and their Calls


Owls are one of the most iconic and recognisable group of birds, with a firm grounding in culture and mythology worldwide. Discover which species can be found in North America and the unique sounds they make.

AUDIO ATTRIBUTIONS:

Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)
creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/

• Barred Owl: Andy Martin- xeno-canto.org/389995

• Boreal Owl: Elias A. Ryberg- xeno-canto.org/168502
• Burrowing Owl: Jonas Nilsson- xeno-canto.org/275753

• Eastern Screech Owl: Todd Wilson- xeno-canto.org/153434

• Eastern Screech Owl: Paul Marvin- xeno-canto.org/278588

• Elf Owl: Scott Olmstead- xeno-canto.org/363557
• Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl: Dan Lane- xeno-canto.org/368470
• Flammulated Owl: Phoenix Birder- xeno-canto.org/178673

• Great Grey Owl: Tero Linjama- xeno-canto.org/343167

• xeno-canto.org/343168
• Long-eared Owl: Rob van Bemmelen- xeno-canto.org/305965
• Long-eared Owl: Micah Riegner- xeno-canto.org/233963
• xeno-canto.org/233963
• Mountain Pygmy Owl: Lance A. M. Benner- xeno-canto.org/202603
• Mountain Pygmy Owl: Paul Marvin- xeno-canto.org/147392

• Northern Hawk Owl: Karl-Birger Strann- xeno-canto.org/401784

• Northern Saw whet Owl: Micah Riegner- xeno-canto.org/236357

• Short-eared Owl: Bruce Lagerquist- xeno-canto.org/344157
• Short-eared Owl: xeno-canto.org/233305

• Snowy Owl: Tero Linjama- xeno-canto.org/343144
• xeno-canto.org/343145

• Snowy Owl: Patrik Åberg- xeno-canto.org/277681
• Spotted Owl – Andrew Spencer
• Whiskered Screech Owl: Richard E. Webster- xeno-canto.org/322589
• Barn Owl: Paul Marvin- xeno-canto.org/413554

Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)
creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

• Great Horned Owl: Andy Martin- xeno-canto.org/386841
• Barred Owl: Andrew Spencer- xeno-canto.org/48644
• Great Horned Owl: Tayler Brooks- xeno-canto.org/38000
• Great Horned Owl: Andy Martin- xeno-canto.org/386841
• Northern Hawk Owl: Terje Kolaas- xeno-canto.org/263932
• Northern Pygmy Owl: Andrew Spencer- xeno-canto.org/104673
• Western Screech Owl: Tayler Brooks- xeno-canto.org/61474

IMAGE ATTRIBUTIONS:

Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

• Boreal Owl: Tim Rains - flickr.com/photos/denalinps/
• Whiskered Screech Owl: Bettina Arrigoni - commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Whiskered_Screech-owl,_Portal_AZ_2018-01-09_13-52-30_(39574671902).jpg

Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)

• Elf Owl: Dominic Sherony - flickr.com/photos/9765210@N03/17210856942
• Ferruginous Pygmy Owl: Dominic Sherony - commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ferruginous_Pygmy-owl_2395568405.jpg
• Mountain Pygmy Owl: Dominic Sherony - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mountain_pygmy_owl#/media/File:Mountain_Pygmy_Owl_Glaucidium_gnoma_Arizona.jpg

Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

• Flammulated Owl: Julio Mulero - flickr.com/photos/juliom/27711335711/
• Northern Pygmy Owl: Frank D. Lospalluto - flickr.com/photos/chloesview/5385957095/in/album-72157625094286381/
• Spotted Owl: Frank D. Lospalluto - flickr.com/photos/chloesview/41990099651/
Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0)
• Northern Hawk Owl: BramtK - observation.org/photos/4330246/
• Snowy Owl: Jongsun Lee - commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Snowy_Owl_%28240866707%29.jpeg

Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0)

• Barred Owl: Mdf - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barred_owl#/media/File:Strix-varia-005.jpg
• Burrowing Owl: birdphotos.com - commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Burrowing_Owl_Florida.jpg
• Great Grey Owl: Olaf Oliviero Riemer - commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bartkauz_-_Great_Grey_Owl_%28Strix_nebulosa%29_-_Weltvogelpark_Walsrode_2012-007.jpg

Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

• Northern Saw-whet Owl: Andy Reago & Chrissy McClarren - commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Northern_Saw-whet_Owl_(31120500013).jpg
• Short-eared Owl: Gregory "Slobirdr" Smith - commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Short-eared_Owl_(Asio_flammeus)_(16169519346).jpg
• Western Screech-Owl: Dominic Sherony - flickr.com/photos/9765210@N03/17026365169


14. The Distinctive Calls of Owls: A Sampler


Most owls are nocturnal, and they use their voices to establish territories and attract mates in the dark. Several species begin nesting during as early as midwinter, which is one reason why you can often hear them in fall and winter, when most other birds are quiet.

For more owl sounds, check out Voices of North American Owls, macaulaylibrary.org/guide/voices-of-north-american-owls available through our Macaulay Library. This comprehensive audio guide is highly sought after and no longer available on CD. The digital download includes nearly 200 audio recordings of North America's 19 regularly occurring owl species, plus two rarities. The accompanying 28-page booklet contains detailed text and color photographs about each of the owls featured in the audio download.

Take our self-paced, online course to get expert tips and strategies: How to Identify Bird Songs
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15. 5 Fascinating Owls of North America


It's always a treat when we get to see an owl. Some species stand out though or do things differently. Here are 5 Fascinating Owls

00:00 Intro
00:23 Burrowing Owl
01:25 Great Horned Owl
02:24 Great Grey Owl
03:16 Short-eared Owl
04:02 Snowy Owl

Unlike most owls, the Burrowing Owls, live in family groups and nest underground. Their stern serious look and practically turning their head upside down is too comical.

Great Horned Owls are very large and very widespread too, found throughout all of North America and even throughout South America. There isn’t a habitat these large birds can’t make a suitable home it seems. Among owls these guys have the most varied diet too, preying on tiny rodents, scorpions, and bats, to skunks, rabbits, rats, birds and anything in between.

The Great Grey is one of our tallest owl species. One of the most interesting things about this large bird is how they hunt. Their strikingly beautiful face has dish-shaped feathers surrounding it that work to funnel sound to its ears, this combined with their asymmetrical ear openings, left ear opening higher on the head than the right ear opening enables precise directional hearing and lets them grab hidden prey. It is so good that they can hunt just by sound alone.

The Short-eared Owls are very common in the United States. An odd thing about them is that while most owls do not build their own nests, these guys actually do. The female will scrape a bowl-shaped nest into the ground and line it with things such as grass and soft feathers. A fascinating thing is that if a female is forced to leave her nest, by a predator she will defecate on the eggs. The rancid smell is thought to repel predators or mask the scent of the eggs. That is a pretty good defense mechanism.

The Snowy owl. Breath-taking birds to see, their yellow glowing eyes and beautiful snow-white plumage work very well to blend them into their surrounding snowy environment. An interesting thing is that every 4 to 5 years, their favorite prey, voles, and lemmings drop significantly, making it hard for them to live in the arctic, so large numbers of snowies leave Moving southward by the hundreds and sometimes thousands. Making their winter home across Canada and in many states of the Lower 48. What a spectacular treat. Once or twice in a lifetime, a mega-irruption occurs.

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