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Birds of KY: Owls - Screech and Barn are different owls

Wendy Butler Burt writes:
No, Screech Owls and Barn Owls are two very distinct species. The Barn Owl, whose population is in steep decline, is a medium sized owl, that often roosts and nests in buildings and hunts in areas cleared for agriculture. It has very long legs and a white, heart-shaped face. Its gasping screech of this owl can make your hair stand on end. The Eastern Screech Owl, on the other hand, is a very small owl with ear tufts. There are two distinct color variations -- red and gray - and it is found in many different habitats, including woodlands. Its mournful whinny-like cry, heard in many parts of Adair County, is a series of melancholy whistles that descend in pitch. Those of us fortunate enough to have resident owls on our property enjoy both their night-time call and appreciate their rodent control! - Wendy Butler Burt
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