Who doesn’t love owls? They are really the most curious and interesting of all birds to me. I find everything about them so interesting, which explains why I write about them. I’m writing about owls in Florida because I have family there. I also wrote about owls in Tennessee because I live there.
Owls in Florida
When it comes to owls in Florida, you will find 5 species that make their home there year-round. The Barn Owl, Eastern Screech-owl, Great Horned Owl, Burrowing Owl, and the Barred Owl. Here’s a little info and a picture of each one. Up first is the Barn Owl.
1. Barn Owl
Length: 12.6-15.8 in
Wingspan: 39.4-49.2 in
Weight: 14.1-24.7 oz
The Barn Owl can be found throughout Florida and most of North America all year round pretty much everywhere including woodland areas, farms, suburbs, and clearings. These nocturnal birds of prey can easily be identified by their ghostly white faces and heart-shaped faces. Even though they are widely distributed, their populations are declining in some areas due to loss of habitat. Learn more about the Barn Owl here.
2. Eastern Screech-owl
Length: 6.3-9.8 in
Wingspan: 18.9-24.0 in
Weight: 4.3-8.6 oz
The Eastern Screech-owl can be found all throughout Florida and the entire eastern half of the United States. As you may have guessed, they are named for their screeching call. These loud, sharp barking calls indicate alarm or agitation and are typically made by adults defending nests or fledglings.
Eastern Screech-owls will nest in nesting boxes if you put them out. Mating pairs are monogamous and will generally mate for life. You can learn more about the Eastern Screech-owl here.
3. Great Horned Owl
Length: 18.1-24.8 in
Wingspan: 39.8-57.1 in
Weight: 32.1-88.2 oz
The Great Horned Owl is what many people first think of when they think of an owl. He is majestic, large, and fierce. The Great Horned Owl has few predators in the wild and hunts not only small mammals and rodents, but also other birds and even other owls.
Great Horned Owls can be found all throughout North America from Alaska to the southern tip of Florida year-round. Learn more about the Great Horned Owl here.
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4. Burrowing Owl
Length: 7.5-9.8 in
Wingspan: 21.6 in
Weight: 5.3 oz
The Burrowing Owl can be found year-round in the southern states in the western half of the U.S. and throughout Florida, except for the panhandle. Breeding only distribution for the Burrowing Owls is in most all of the western U.S. states.
Burrowing Owls are the only birds of prey that nest exclusively in the ground, in burrows usually made by other ground dwelling animals like prairie dogs or ground squirrels. Here are some more interesting facts about Burrowing Owls.
5. Barred Owl
Length: 16.9-19.7 in
Wingspan: 39.0-43.3 in
Weight: 16.6-37.0 oz
The Barred Owl’s distribution includes all of the state of Florida and most of the eastern half of the United States as well parts of Canada in North America. Being that they are nocturnal, they are more active at night and prefer living in large, mature forests. They are also known for using nest boxes that are offered.
The Barred Owl is widely known for its very unique call that sounds like he is saying “Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you-all?”. If you hear it you’ll instantly know it’s a Barred Owl. Learn more about the Barred Owl here.