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Owls

Barn Owls - Family Tytonidae

Barn Owl Tyto alba. Breeder. Uncommon to rare in all seasons and regions. Found in open and partly open country and abandoned buildings. MODERATE CONSERVATION CONCERN.

Typical Owls - Family Strigidae

Eastern Screech-Owl Otus asio. Breeder. Common in all seasons and regions. Found in woodlands, especially near open areas, and orchards. MODERATE CONSERVATION CONCERN.

Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus. Breeder. Fairly common in all seasons and regions. Found in woodlands and parklands. MODERATE CONSERVATION CONCERN.

Snowy Owl Nyctea scandiaca. Accidental.

Burrowing Owl Athene cunicularia. Rare in winter, spring, and fall in Gulf Coast region. Found in open country and on beaches.

Barred Owl Strix varia. Breeder. Common in all seasons and in all regions. Found in moist woodlands and wooded swamps. Low Conservation Concern. 

Long-eared Owl Asio otus. Occasional in fall and winter in all regions. Found in woodlands, especially conifer groves.

Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus. Rare in winter, spring, and fall in Tennessee Valley and Inland Coastal Plain regions. Occasional in Gulf Coast region. Found in marshes, on dunes, and in grassy fields. HIGH CONSERVATION CONCERN.

Northern Saw-whet Owl Aegolius acadicus. Occasional in winter and fall in Inland Coastal Plain, Mountain, and Tennessee Valley regions. Found in dense evergreen thickets.

References Cited:

Mirarchi. Ralph E., ed. 2004. Alabama Wildlife, Volume One.  A Checklist of Vertebrates and Selected Invertebrates: Aquatic Mollusks, Fishes, Amphibians, Reptiles, Birds and Mammals.  The University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa, AL. 209 pp.

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