Revised 15 Oct 2015

Information on Owls

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Descriptions of Owls

Some Common Types of Owls are described at The Aviary at

A variety of owl species are profiled in the Montana Field Guide from the state Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks.

Social Behavior of North American Owls by Paul A. Johnsgard (4.9 MB PDF).

The North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service (at NCSU) Extension Forestry Group has developed a series of information sheets entitled "Working With Wildlife," including one on Owls with descriptions of several owl species and tips for owl management (no photos, though).

Alaska's Owls is an online version of much of the information contained in The Alaska Owlmanac: A guide to the identification, habits, and habitat of ten owl species found in Alaska, published by the Alaska Department of Fish & Game.

Paul Frost, a volunteer at the Raptor Foundation, has put together Owls: Introduction with information on several species of owls.

The Raptor Center of the University of Minnesota has information sheets on Raptors of North America, including a dozen owl species.

You can find out more about building nesting boxes for barn owls and some tips on Barn Owl Nest Box Placement from Douglas Trapp.
Also, check out Barn Owl Headquarters for other nest box designs.

In New Jersey, the Short-eared Owl is endangered while the Barred Owl and Long-eared Owl are considered threatened species.

The Burrowing Owl and the Short-eared Owl are among the "species of special concern" at the California Department of Fish and Game Central Valley Bay-Delta Branch.

Ray Rasmussen's page on the Burrowing Owl also includes many links to owl resources. You can also see a news clip on Burrowing Owls & Eastern Screech Owls, with expert Marc Woodin of the Columbia Environmental Research Center of the US Geological Survey.

The Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan of Pima County in Arizona has a document on the endangered Cactus Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl as well the Mexican Spotted Owl which is a threatened species. Also, the Burrowing Owl has been chosen as a Priority Vulnerable Species.

The Lesser Sooty Owl is an Australian endangered species.

The native owl of New Zealand is the Ruru, more commonly known as the morepork. An owl with a similar call is the "mopoke" or Southern Boobook Owl, which is found all over Australia. Another picture and factsheet of the Boobook is at the Government of Western Australia's NatureBase.

Birding... Strigidae is a checklist of the owls of the world, compiled by Friedhelm Weick.

Antonio Silveira of 'Environmental Program: The Last Noah's Ark' has provided a brief checklist of Brazil’s Owls.

You can see dynamically generated maps of the distribution of many owl species at Owls of the Western Hemisphere, which covers North, Central, and South America and the Caribbean.

Information on Owl Habits

Research is going on at the University of Oregon on Barn Owls and their Hearing.

The Forest Service has published a Techical Report on Owls of Old Forests of the World.

The University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences has short reference sheets on the Barn Owl and Barred Owl.

CNN has posted a story entitled Growers find barn owls protect their crops, along with some video clips. flying owl

Pictures of Owls

Steve Greer's Owl Photos and Facts page showcases many of his photographs of owls found in New Jersey.

The OwlCam Home Page follows a family of Barn Owls with photgraphs and commentary over several years.

There are several pictures of Owls in the French Riviera including two barn owls and several eagle owls.

The U.S. Geological Service's Patuxent Bird Identification InfoCenter has information pages with pictures, distribution maps, and identification tips for many owl species.

Some samples of owl photographs are on display at Photovault. Hundreds of owl-related pictures are available (for sale) at Foto Search and Can Stock Photo, two stock photography sites.

Attractive prints and posters are available from Barewalls.

There are several images of owls among the hundreds of birds sighted on the grounds of the Fermilab in Batavia, IL.

Five owls can be found on the Birds Of Prey In Oklahoma Webpage maintained by the Tulsa Boardwalk.

Sanctuaries and Organizations

"An organisation dedicated to owl conservation" is how the World Owl Trust describes itself. The Website has information on and pictures of several kinds of owls.

The World of Owls has established Northern Ireland's first owl sanctuary. Their Website has a nice gallery of some of the birds in their care.

The Barn Owl Centre sanctuary, with information on barn owl habits, prey, and nests, is located in Gloucester, United Kingdom. Also in the UK is the Barn Owl Trust, which offers a live webcam along with lots of useful information.

The Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Kempton, PA, bills itself as "the world's first and best-known refuge for birds of prey." The Raptor Gallery is currently unavailable, but there is a section on owls in its publication Enjoying Hawk Mountain: Teacher Guide.

The Berkshire Bird Paradise Sanctuary in Petersburg, NY, cares for more than 150 avian species, including owls. Also in New York State is the Hudson Valley Raptor Center.

New Jersey has the Raptor Trust (which published Leonard Soucy's book New Jersey's Owls in 2000) and the twin Scherman-Hoffman Sanctuaries, where you may find great-horned and screech owls.

You can also go birding at the Inyo National Forest in California, and encounter several species of cavity-nesting owls.

Download and Compare Owl Calls from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Owl Box Plans (for Barn Owls and Barred Owls) are offered by the Carolina Raptor Center.

The Southeastern Raptor Center at Auburn University offers plans for building nestboxes for screech owls and for barn owls.

The Owl Research Institute is based at the Ninepipes Center for Wildlife Research and Education in Montana. Lots of information on owls may be found under the "Research" link. Look for the Owl ID Guide as well.

The Whitefish Point Bird Observatory is a major hawk and owl observatory on Michigan's Upper Peninsula, with hawk, waterbird, songbird and owl counts and owl banding during spring and fall migrations. Look for their photo album of juvenile Saw-whet Owls.

Raptor centers in the United Kingdom may be found listed at Places to Go: Raptors compiled by Paul Frost.

Adopt-a-Bird with the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey in Florida.

The International Festival of Owls is "the only full-weekend, all-owl event in North America!" featuring the World Owl Hall of Fame.

Owl Artwork

This Owl Mask was designed by Jan Brett for a Mitten Play based on her book.

Owl paintings and sculptures are featured by the Artists for Conservation.

Owl paintings and artwork are also avaiable at Artist Rising.

Other People's Owl Pages

The Owl Pages are the work of Deane Lewis - very detailed and extensive. claims to be the "largest US Website totally dedicated to owls" with images, audio recordings, and field notes for many species of owls found in Central and North America.

The Owls Plexus of Dr. Bruce G. Marcot (a wildlife ecologist) includes many photographs, owl calls, and scholarly reports.

Check out the Oehoeboeroe page (Dutch for owl, pronounced 'uHuburu') for some illustrations and unusual information... Then, consider the counter-claims of the Oeroeboeroe page.

Some Books on Owls

There are many books on owls at Rutgers University Libraries:

Bird and Birding Resources

Other Kinds of Owls

(some with images and/or pictures) Don't quite know where this belongs: The Translation of 'Owl' in Harry Potter (Chinese, Japanese, and Vietnamese versions)


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