Pictures of Owls

Owls are one of the main bird groups. Within this group, there is a large variety of owls. See some of them in this picture gallery.

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Snowy Owl

Snowy owl in flight

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Pictures of owls, including owl photos such as snowy owls, northern saw-whet owls, great horned owls, barn owls and more.

The snowy owl is a large owl that inhabits a circumpolar range that includes the northern parts of North America, Europe, and Asia. Its striking plumage is mostly white with some brown barred and spotted patterns. It has a black bill, golden eyes, and small ear tufts. Unlike most other owls, the snowy owl hunts during the day feeding on small mammals such as lemmings and hares or small birds.

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Great Horned Owl

Great horned owl in tall grass

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The great horned owl is a widespread owl native to most of North America and parts of Central and South America. The great horned owl has distinct ear tufts and yellow eyes.

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Great Horned Owl

Great horned owl in flight

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It inhabits an incredible variety of habitats such as tundra, desert, suburban regions, and tropical rainforest.

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Northern Saw-Whet Owl

Northern saw whet owl on branch

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The northern saw-whet owl is a species of owl that inhabits forests throughout Southern Canada and the United States.

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Northern Saw-Whet Owl

Northern saw-whet owl on branch

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Saw-whet owls are small, shy owls that are closely related to the Boreal owl. They hunt almost exclusively at night, feeding on a variety of small mammals such as mice, shrews, and voles.

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Eurasian Eagle-Owl

Eurasian eagle owl perched on post

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The Eurasian eagle-owl is among the largest of all owl species. The Eurasian eagle-owl has distinct eye tufts and vibrant orange eyes. Its plumage is mottled brown, black and buff. The Eurasian eagle-owl inhabits a range that includes most of Europe and Asia.

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Eurasian Eagle-Owl

portrait of eagle-owl

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Eagle-owls belong to the genus Bubo, a group that includes species such as the great horned owl, the Eurasian eagle-owl, the spotted eagle-owl, and others.

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Barn Owl

Barn owl in flight

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The barn owl is a widespread owl species that inhabits parts of North and South America, Europe, Africa and parts of Australia and Asia.

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Barn Owl

Barn owl in snow

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Barn owls have a heart-shaped facial disc.

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Barn Owl

Barn owl in flight

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Barn owls are among the larger species of owls.

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Burrowing Owl

Burrowing owl

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The burrowing owl is a small owl native to the grasslands, scrublands, and deserts of western North America, Florida, Central America and parts of South America. It has long legs, white eyebrows, and yellow eyes.

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Barred Owl

Barred owl on branch

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The barred owl is a large owl that inhabits eastern North America and parts of western Canada. It is named for the dark brown streaks that cover its otherwise white-plumed belly. The barred owl is best known for its call which is described by birders as sounding like the phrase "who cooks for you, who cooks for you".