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When this noise comes deep out of their throat it might sound short and lower-pitched than a lot of other sounds they make. Some owls start to give off a deep hoot around dusk and wait for a female to return a similar but somewhat higher pitched hoot back at him. The female has a slightly higher voice and an audible tremolo sound, while the male is a bit lower and smoother.

Similar to the hoots exchanged back and forth, some owls will communicate with a potential mate by screeching or screaming at them. Ever heard a noise coming from outside at nighttime that sounds like a woman screaming? It could be an owl calling out! Some owls, especially Great Horned Owls, believe in staying with one partner for life and have a set schedule for when they decide to find their mate and begin laying their eggs. This is where scoping out for a mate begins.

The male owl has claimed its territory in a new home and has begun letting out hoots to attract a female to its nest. Usually, the male stays in its one designated spot and lets the female come to him. This will begin in the fall, normally around October. They will hoot at each other a few nights in a row and then will get ready for the upcoming nesting season. By January, the hoots may still be continuing as owls try to find their mates. Scops owls are true owls in the genus Otus , with about 45 known species across the Old World.

They're small and agile, usually 6 to 12 inches tall, and use camouflaged feathers to blend in with tree bark. Calls vary by species, but most make a string of high-pitched hoots, fewer than five per second, or a long, single whistle. Like other scops owls, its small size makes it vulnerable to predators, so it hides itself in trees during the day. At night, it hunts insects, songbirds, and other small prey. Here's a recording of O.

For such big-voiced birds, screech owls are surprisingly small. About 20 species are known to science, all in the Americas, filling a niche similar to Old World scops owls. They rely on camouflage to hide in trees during the day, then come alive at night. The eastern screech owl Megascops asio is about the size of a robin, and ranges across most of the Eastern and Midwestern U.

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Despite its name, it doesn't really screech, instead producing whinnies and trills. The male's main call A-song is a mellow trill that fits about 35 notes into a few seconds, according to Owl Pages , and his B-song is a descending whinny. The western screech owl Megascops kennicottii ranges from southeastern Alaska to the Arizona desert, and while it bears a visual resemblance to its eastern cousin, it sounds significantly different. The species makes "an accelerating 'bouncing ball' series" of six to eight whistles, according to the Audubon Society.

Great gray owls are mostly nocturnal, but also sometimes fly during the day in breeding season. The great gray owl Strix nebulosa is the largest owl in North America, standing more than 2 feet tall 0.

But "its great size is partly an illusion," the Audubon Society points out , thanks to a fluffy mass of feathers that envelop a much smaller body. Great gray owls are lighter than great horned or snowy owls, and they have relatively diminutive feet and talons.

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The rodent specialists can hunt by hearing alone, often diving to grab mice from underneath deep snow. They're most active at night, and can be identified by a deep " hooo-ooo-ooo-ooo " bellowed slowly over several seconds. Territorial calls begin after dusk, according to Owl Pages , peak before midnight and then again later in the night.

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