Owl Sounds

Screech Owl

I heard a strange sound the other night, which I discovered to be a Western Screech Owl. It wasn’t a screech like I would have expected from an owl with that name. But a Barn Owl does emit an eerie sort of shrieking sound. Combine that with the bird’s nearly silent flight (ideal for swooping down to snatch up a mouse) and its pale, ghostly appearance, and it’s no wonder that some cultures have traditionally considered the barn owl to be a sinister omen. Most owls don’t just say “Hoo Hoo” like the Great Horned Owl. Listen to these amazing audio clips of different owls!

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