Owls

Barn Owl

This is a medium sized owl with a distinctive, large head with a white, heart-shaped face and small dark eyes; legs are long, wings are broad but fairly pointed. Plumage is pale tawny in both sexes, with the male having pale to white undersides…

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Barred Owl

This is a large woodland owl with plumage designed to provide good camouflage in forested settings. The Barred Owl is stocky in shape, with a short tail and broad wings; the sexes look alike, but the female is generally larger. The head is…

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Burrowing Owl

A small, sandy-brown ground owl with long legs and a short tail. Head is speckled, with white eyebrows; dark collar on white throat; back is spotted and underside is barred. Flight is labored and undulating, usually close to the ground;…

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Eurasian Eagle-owl

Named 'eagle' owl for its large size, the Eurasian Eagle-owl is one of the largest owls in the world. A relative of the Great Horned Owl, the Eagle-owl has more pronounced plumicornes (ear tufts), large orange eyes, and an overall more ochre…

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Great Gray Owl

The tallest and one of the largest owls in North America, the Great Gray Owl can be recognized by the large head with a prominent facial disk that lacks ear tufts. The facial disk is grayish white with distinct concentric, semicircular bars of…

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Great Horned Owl

This owl is named for its most distinctive feature -- large, wide-set ear tufts or 'horns' that give its head a cat-like shape. Females are larger than males, and the sexes look alike. The head is large, with feathering across the forehead that…

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Long-eared Owl

A slender, medium-sized owl with long, narrow, rounded wings balanced by a long tail. The feathering of the upper body is a mottled [Courtesy of Barbara Gleason] dark brown, gray, and buff; the underside is whitish to tan with dark brown streaks…

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Northern Pygmy Owl

This is a little woodland species, with a small head, stout body, short wings, and a long tail. Females are larger than males. Plumage is brown above, with spotting on the head, neck, and upper parts; the breast, belly and flanks are whitish and…

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Northern Saw-whet Owl

This is a small woodland species, with a relatively large head, a short tail, and long wings. This little owl has a prominent facial  [Courtesy of Barbara Gleason] disc of feathers, and lacks the ear-tufts seen in the larger Western Screech Owl.…

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Northern Spotted Owl

This owl lives in the deep forests of the Pacific Northwest, with camouflage feathering to blend with patterns of dim light filtering through tree branches. Like the related Barred Owl, this species has a stocky body, short tail, and broad wings;…

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Short-eared Owl

A tawny, mid-sized owl with a large, round head, long and narrow wings, and a tail of medium length. The upper body is mottled brown and buff, the underside is buff to reddish with vertical streaks. Sexes have similar plumage, but females tend to…

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Snowy Owl

A large owl found circumpolar in the northern hemisphere. Similar in size to the Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus), the plumage of the snowy owl is primarily white. Males have some light barring or spots of dusky brown. Females and juvenile…

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Western Screech Owl

This owl has small, wide-set feather tufts that often lead finders to think this is a "baby great horned owl"; large, yellow eyes; streaked underparts (w/ horizontal black barring in the juveniles changing to irregular vertical streaks in adult…

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