The Owl Pages

Owls Calls & Sounds

Common Barn OwlCommon Barn Owl Tyto alba

Typical Call - Prescott, Arizona, USA. [∇] © Doug Von Gausig.
Pair calling - Peck's Lake, New York, USA. August. [∇] © Doug Von Gausig.
Twittering - Elkhorn Slough, Central California, USA. [∇] © Doug Von Gausig.

Ashy-faced OwlAshy-faced Owl Tyto glaucops

Typical calls - La Vega, Dominican Republic. April 2013. [Cedar Mathers-Winn] [∇] © Macaulay Library.

Andaman Barn OwlAndaman Barn Owl Tyto deroepstorffi

Typical calls - Chalis Ek, North Andaman. January 2011. [∇] CC Pankaj Koparde.

Minahassa Masked OwlMinahassa Masked Owl Tyto inexspectata

Typical call - Lore Lindu NP, Sulawesi, Indonesia. December 1998. [∇] CC Raf Drijvers.

Sulawesi Masked OwlSulawesi Masked Owl Tyto rosenbergii

Typical call - Dumoga Bone, Sulawesi. [∇] © Dave Farrow.

Australian Masked OwlAustralian Masked Owl Tyto novaehollandiae

Typical call - Healesville, Victoria, Australia. October 1988. [∇] © Ed McNabb.

Tasmanian Masked OwlTasmanian Masked Owl Tyto castanops

Typical call - Tasmania. [∇] © Michael Todd.

Lesser Sooty OwlLesser Sooty Owl Tyto multipunctata

Bomb whistle - North Queensland, Australia. [∇] © John Young.
Shrieks - Mt. Lewis, Queensland, Australia. November 2013. [∇] CC Marc Anderson.
Trilling - North Queensland, Australia. [∇] © John Young.

Greater Sooty OwlGreater Sooty Owl Tyto tenebricosa

Bomb whistle - Jenolan, New South Wales, Australia. November 2013. [∇] CC Marc Anderson.
Trilling - New South Wales, Australia. January 2000. [∇] © Deane Lewis.

Oriental Bay OwlOriental Bay Owl Phodilus badius

Typical call - Pasoh, Malaysia. [∇] © Dave Farrow.

Sri Lanka Bay OwlSri Lanka Bay Owl Phodilus assimilis

Typical call - Sringeri, Chikmagalur, Karnataka, India. October 2008. [∇] CC Ravi Prakash.

White-fronted Scops OwlWhite-fronted Scops Owl Otus sagittatus

Typical call - Kaengkrajarn National Park, Thailand. [∇] © Vetida Pongpanit.

Reddish Scops OwlReddish Scops Owl Otus rufescens

Typical call - Taman Negara, Pahang, Malaysia. April 1990. [∇] CC Dave Farrow.

Serendib Scops OwlSerendib Scops Owl Otus thilohoffmanni

Typical call - Kitulgala, Sri Lanka. [∇] CC Craig Robson.

Sokoke Scops OwlSokoke Scops Owl Otus ireneae

Typical call - Malindi, Kilifi, Kenya. August 2013. [∇] CC Ralf Wendt.

Andaman Scops OwlAndaman Scops Owl Otus balli

Typical call - Mount Harriet, South Andaman. November 2011. [∇] CC Gerard Gorman.

Mountain Scops OwlMountain Scops Owl Otus spilocephalus

Typical call, male - Bhutan [∇] © Dave Farrow.
Typical call, male - Taiwan [∇] © Wayne Hsu.

Madagascar Scops OwlMadagascar Scops Owl Otus rutilus

Typical call - Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, Madagascar. November 2010. [∇] CC Charles Hesse.

Grand Comoro Scops OwlGrand Comoro Scops Owl Otus pauliani

Typical call - Mvouni, Grande Comore. August 2012. [∇] CC Charles Davies.

Pemba Scops OwlPemba Scops Owl Otus pembaensis

Typical call - Ngezi Forest, Pemba Island. July 2011. [∇] CC Charles Davies.

Common Scops OwlCommon Scops Owl Otus scops

Typical call - Charyn River, Kazakhstan. May 2000. [∇] CC Dave Farrow.
Courtship duet - Central Russia. [∇] © Jevgeni Ekimov.

African Scops OwlAfrican Scops Owl Otus senegalensis

Typical call - Yemen. [∇] © Dave Farrow.

Oriental Scops OwlOriental Scops Owl Otus sunia

Typical call - Dongzhai Nature Reserve, China. April 2011. [∇] CC George Wagner.
Typical call - Tmat Boey, Cambodia. February 2005. [∇] CC Dave Farrow.

Ryukyu Scops OwlRyukyu Scops Owl Otus elegans

Typical calls - Ishigaki Island, Japan. June 2013. [∇] CC Frank Lambert.

Moluccan Scops OwlMoluccan Scops Owl Otus magicus

Typical call - Halmahera, Indonesia. [∇] © Dave Farrow.

Sulawesi Scops OwlSulawesi Scops Owl Otus manadensis

Typical call - Lore Lindu, Sulawesi. [∇] © Dave Farrow.

Collared Scops OwlCollared Scops Owl Otus lettia

Typical call - Thailand. [∇] © Dave Farrow.

Indian Scops OwlIndian Scops Owl Otus bakkamoena

Typical call - Tissamaharama, Sri Lanka. March 2016. [∇] CC Peter Boesman.

Philippine Scops OwlPhilippine Scops Owl Otus megalotis

Typical call - Subic Bay, Luzon, Philippines. 2007. [∇] CC Desmond Allen.

Palawan Scops OwlPalawan Scops Owl Otus fuliginosus

Typical call - Bambua nature resort, Palawan, Philippines. [∇] © William Ruscher.

Flammulated OwlFlammulated Owl Psiloscops flammeolus

Typical call - Klamath Mountains, Northwest California, USA. [∇] © Bruce Marcot.

Western Screech OwlWestern Screech Owl Megascops kennicottii

Typical call (bouncing) - Silver Creek, Arizona, USA. August 2014. [∇] CC Dan Lane.
Double trill - San Gabriel Mountains, California, USA. May 2015. [∇] CC Lance A. M. Benner.

Eastern Screech OwlEastern Screech Owl Megascops asio

Typical call (A-song) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. [∇] © Lucie Brisebois.
Typical call (B-song) - Ithaca, New York, USA. [∇] © Lang Elliott.

Pacific Screech OwlPacific Screech Owl Megascops cooperi

Typical call - Juchitan, Oaxaca, Mexico. March 2000. [∇] CC Dan Lane.

Whiskered Screech OwlWhiskered Screech Owl Megascops trichopsis

Typical call - Coronado National Forest, Arizona, USA. November 2014. [∇] CC Lance A. M. Benner.
Typical call - La Cumbre, Oaxaca, Mexico. January 2009. [∇] CC Dan Lane.

Balsas Screech OwlBalsas Screech Owl Megascops seductus

Typical call - Colima, Mexico. June 2001. [∇] © Dan Lockshaw.

Tropical Screech OwlTropical Screech Owl Megascops choliba

Typical call (main) - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. [∇] © Renato B. Pineschi.
Typical call (secondary) - Goiania, Brazil. [∇] © Nunes D'Acosta.

Koepcke's Screech OwlKoepcke's Screech Owl Megascops koepckeae

Typical call - Sinsicap, La Libertad, Peru. October 2004. [∇] CC Dan Lane.

Rufescent Screech OwlRufescent Screech Owl Megascops ingens

Typical call (A-song) - Septimo Paraiso Lodge, Mindo, Ecuador. [∇] © Bruce Marcot.

Colombian Screech OwlColombian Screech Owl Megascops colombianus

Typical call - Otun Quimbaya Reserve, Colombia. [∇] CC Fabrice Schmitt.

Long-tufted Screech OwlLong-tufted Screech Owl Megascops sanctaecatarinae

Typical Call - São Francisco de Paula, Brazil. August 2008. [∇] CC Nick Athanas.

Vermiculated Screech OwlVermiculated Screech Owl Megascops vermiculatus

Typical call - Puerto Viejo, Heredia, Costa Rica. April 2001. [∇] CC Dan Lane.

Guatemalan Screech OwlGuatemalan Screech Owl Megascops guatemalae

Typical call (A-song) - Lacandon, Chiapas, Mexico. May 2003. [∇] CC David Bradley.
Typical call (B-song) - Sinaloa, Mexico. November 1999. [∇] CC Richard Hoyer.

Rio Napo Screech OwlRio Napo Screech Owl Megascops napensis

Typical call - Napo, Ecuador. June 2012. [∇] CC Nick Athanas.

Puerto Rican Screech OwlPuerto Rican Screech Owl Megascops nudipes

Typical call - El Yunque NP, Puerto Rico. April 2009. [∇] CC Dan Lane.

White-throated Screech OwlWhite-throated Screech Owl Megascops albogularis

Typical call - Chihuana, Peru. July 2010. [∇] CC Dan Lane.

Palau OwlPalau Owl Pyrroglaux podarginus

Typical calls - Urukthapel, Palau. July 1978. [H. Douglas Pratt] [∇] © Macaulay Library.

Northern White-faced OwlNorthern White-faced Owl Ptilopsis leucotis

Typical call - Soma swamps, Gambia. November 1977. [∇] CC Niels Krabbe.

Southern White-faced OwlSouthern White-faced Owl Ptilopsis granti

Typical call - Hoedspruit, South Africa. March 2009. [∇] CC Derek Solomon.

Giant Scops OwlGiant Scops Owl Mimizuku gurneyi

Typical call - Mindanao, Philippines. April 2010. [∇] CC George Wagner.

Snowy OwlSnowy Owl Bubo scandiacus

Alarmed/Disturbed - Male. Padjelanta, Sweden. July 1982. [∇] CC Niels Krabbe.

Great Horned OwlGreat Horned Owl Bubo virginianus

Pair calling - Peck's Lake, New York, USA. March. [∇] © Doug Von Gausig.
Typical male - Houston, Minnesota, USA. [∇] © Karla Bloem.
Typical female - Houston, Minnesota, USA. [∇] © Karla Bloem.
Hoo-hoo-hoo - Houston, Minnesota, USA. [∇] © Karla Bloem.

Eurasian Eagle OwlEurasian Eagle Owl Bubo bubo

Typical call - Karlsborg, Västergötland, Sweden. January 2011. [∇] CC Patrik Åberg.

Indian Eagle OwlIndian Eagle Owl Bubo bengalensis

Typical call - Kutch, Gujarat, India. [∇] © Vijay Cavale.

Cape Eagle OwlCape Eagle Owl Bubo capensis

Typical call - Dundori, Central Kenya. June 1964. [Myles North] [∇] © Macaulay Library.

Spotted Eagle OwlSpotted Eagle Owl Bubo africanus

Typical duet - Grahamstown, South Africa. July 2015. [∇] CC Lynette Rudman.

Verreaux's Eagle OwlVerreaux's Eagle Owl Bubo lacteus

Typical call - South Luangwa National Park, Zambia. January 2008 [∇] CC Derek Solomon.

Barred Eagle OwlBarred Eagle Owl Bubo sumatranus

Typical call - Danum Valley, Sabah, Borneo. July 2008. [∇] CC Nick Athanas.

Forest Eagle OwlForest Eagle Owl Bubo nipalensis

Typical call - Cuc Phuong, Vietnam. [∇] CC Craig Robson.
Mewing scream - Sigiriya forest, Sri Lanka. January 2012. [∇] CC David Marques.

Dusky Eagle OwlDusky Eagle Owl Bubo coromandus

Typical call - Keoladeo National Park, Rajasthan, India. November 2007. [∇] CC Antero Lindholm.

Blakiston's Fish OwlBlakiston's Fish Owl Bubo blakistoni

Typical call - Russian far east. [∇] © Jonathan Slaght.

Brown Fish OwlBrown Fish Owl Bubo zeylonensis

Typical call - India. [∇] © Vijay Cavale.

Buffy Fish OwlBuffy Fish Owl Bubo ketupu

Call - Danum Valley, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia. June 2008. [∇] CC Nick Athanas.

Pel's Fishing OwlPel's Fishing Owl Bubo peli

Wail call - Salonga National Park, central DR Congo. [∇] © Bruce Marcot.

Spectacled OwlSpectacled Owl Pulsatrix perspicillata

Typical call - Costa Rica. [∇] © Jorge F. Corrales.

Band-bellied OwlBand-bellied Owl Pulsatrix melanota

Typical calls (pair) - Napo, Ecuado. August 2001. [∇] CC Nick Athanas.

Spotted Wood OwlSpotted Wood Owl Strix seloputo

Typical calls - Preah Vihear, Cambodia. December 2012. [∇] CC Patrik Åberg.
Calls - Preah Vihear, Cambodia. December 2012. [∇] CC Patrik Åberg.

Mottled Wood OwlMottled Wood Owl Strix ocellata

Duet 1 - Melghat Tiger Reserve, Maharashtra, India. January 2013. [∇] CC Frank Lambert.
Duet 2 - Chelamattom, Ernakulam, India. May 2010. [∇] CC Dilip KG.

Brown Wood OwlBrown Wood Owl Strix leptogrammica

Typical call (including pre-call) - India. [∇] © Bruce Marcot.

Eurasian Tawny OwlEurasian Tawny Owl Strix aluco

Typical call - Hardwood forest, north of Paris, France. [∇] © Bruce Marcot.

Omani OwlOmani Owl Strix omanensis

Typical call - Al Hajar Mountains, Oman. May 2013. [∇] © Arnoud van den Berg.

African Wood OwlAfrican Wood Owl Strix woodfordii

Typical male - Western Democratic Republic of the Congo [∇] © Bruce Marcot.
Typical female - Northwestern Zimbabwe [∇] © Bruce Marcot.

Mottled OwlMottled Owl Strix virgata

Typical call - Chiapas, Mexico. March 2015. [∇] CC Frank Lambert.

Rufous-legged OwlRufous-legged Owl Strix rufipes

Typical calls - Altos de Lircay National Park, Chile. [∇] CC Lance A. M. Benner.

Rusty-barred OwlRusty-barred Owl Strix hylophila

Typical call - Minas Gerais, Brazil. August 2014. [∇] CC Kassius Santos.

Black-and-White OwlBlack-and-White Owl Strix nigrolineata

Typical call - Santander, Colombia. February 2011. [∇] CC Peter Boesman.

Black-banded OwlBlack-banded Owl Strix huhula

Typical call - San Martín Region, Peru. July 2003. [∇] CC Dan Lane.

Spotted OwlSpotted Owl Strix occidentalis

Typical call - San Gabriel Mountains, California, USA. August 2008. [∇] CC Lance A. M. Benner.
Female contact call - Oregon, USA. [∇] © Kristian Skybak.

Fulvous OwlFulvous Owl Strix fulvescens

Typical duet - Cerro San Felipe, Oaxaca, Mexico. February 2012. [∇] CC Richard Hoyer.

Barred OwlBarred Owl Strix varia

Typical call - Poplar Creek, British Columbia, Canada. [∇] © Wayne Logus.
Various calls - Oregon, USA. [∇] © Kristian Skybak.
Alarm call - Oregon, USA. [∇] © Kristian Skybak.
Series calls - [∇] © J. W. Tetlow.

Ural OwlUral Owl Strix uralensis

Typical male - Kishert district, Russia. June 1995. [∇] © Vadim Lapushkin.

Great Grey OwlGreat Grey Owl Strix nebulosa

Typical call - North Karelia, Finland. April 2010. [∇] CC Matthias Feuersenger.

Crested OwlCrested Owl Lophostrix cristata

Typical call - Crique Limonade amont, Saül, French Guiana. March 2008. [∇] CC Olivier Claessens.

Northern Hawk OwlNorthern Hawk Owl Surnia ulula

Typical call - Floatplane Lake, Alaska, USA. July 1999. [∇] CC Dan Lane.

Eurasian Pygmy OwlEurasian Pygmy Owl Glaucidium passerinum

Typical call - Rüschegg, Schwarzenburg District, Switzerland. March 2011. [∇] CC Manuel Schweizer.

Pearl-spotted OwletPearl-spotted Owlet Glaucidium perlatum

Typical calls - Borakalalo, South Africa. September 2015. [∇] CC Lynette Rudman.

Collared OwletCollared Owlet Glaucidium brodiei

Typical call - Thailand. [∇] © Dave Farrow.

Northern Pygmy OwlNorthern Pygmy Owl Glaucidium californicum

Typical call - San Gabriel Mountains, California, USA. July 2015. [∇] CC Lance A. M. Benner.
Agitated pair - Packwood, Washington, USA. [∇] © Bob Pearson.

Cape Pygmy OwlCape Pygmy Owl Glaucidium hoskinsii

Typical call - La Laguna Meadow, Baja California, Mexico. June 2001. [∇] © Dan Lockshaw.

Mountain Pygmy OwlMountain Pygmy Owl Glaucidium gnoma

Typical call - Barfoot Junction, Arizona, USA. May 2009. [∇] CC Andrew Spencer.

Guatemalan Pygmy OwlGuatemalan Pygmy Owl Glaucidium cobanense

Typical call - Monte Uyuca Biological Reserve, Honduras. March 2012. [∇] CC John van Dort.

Tamaulipas Pygmy OwlTamaulipas Pygmy Owl Glaucidium sanchezi

Typical call - Gomez Farias, Tamaulipas, Mexico. [∇] CC Pat Wade.

Colima Pygmy OwlColima Pygmy Owl Glaucidium palmarum

Typical call (male) - Panuco, Sinaloa, Mexico. November 1999. [∇] CC Richard Hoyer.

Central American Pygmy OwlCentral American Pygmy Owl Glaucidium griseiceps

Typical call - Bartóla, Nicaragua. April 2004. [∇] CC Stefan Woltmann.

Least Pygmy OwlLeast Pygmy Owl Glaucidium minutissimum

Typical call - Carlos Botelho State Park, Brazil. April 2005. [∇] © Antonio Silveira.

Pernambuco Pygmy OwlPernambuco Pygmy Owl Glaucidium mooreorum

Typical call - October 1990. [∇] © Galileu Coelho.

Peruvian Pygmy OwlPeruvian Pygmy Owl Glaucidium peruanum

Typical call - Parque Nacional Machalilla, Manabí, Ecuador. July 2001. [∇] CC Nick Athanas.

Austral Pygmy OwlAustral Pygmy Owl Glaucidium nana

Typical call - Altos de Lircay National Park, Chile. [∇] CC Fabrice Schmitt.

Ferruginous Pygmy OwlFerruginous Pygmy Owl Glaucidium brasilianum

Typical call - Goiania, Brazil. [∇] © Nunes D'Acosta.

Ridgway's Pygmy OwlRidgway's Pygmy Owl Glaucidium ridgwayi

Typical call - Southern Arizona, USA. [∇] © Doug Von Gausig.

Barred Jungle OwletBarred Jungle Owlet Glaucidium radiatum

Typical call - Melghat Tiger Reserve, Maharashtra, India. January 2015. [∇] CC Frank Lambert.

Chestnut-backed OwletChestnut-backed Owlet Glaucidium castanotum

Typical call - Kitulgala, Kegalle, Sri Lanka. April 2015. [∇] CC Peter Ericsson.

Asian Barred OwletAsian Barred Owlet Glaucidium cuculoides

Typical calls - Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary, Thailand. December 2014. [∇] CC Marc Anderson.

African Barred OwletAfrican Barred Owlet Glaucidium capense

Typical call - South Luangwa National Park, Zambia. October 2006. [∇] CC Derek Solomon.

Etchécopar's OwletEtchécopar's Owlet Glaucidium etchecopari

Typical call - Shai Hills, Ghana. April 2010. [∇] CC Mike Catsis.

Long-whiskered OwletLong-whiskered Owlet Xenoglaux loweryi

Typical call - Abra Patricia-Alto Nieva, Peru. May 2008. [∇] CC Frank Lambert.

Elf OwlElf Owl Micrathene whitneyi

Typical call - Arizona, USA. [∇] © Greg Clark.
Disturbed - Arizona, USA. [∇] © Greg Clark.

Burrowing OwlBurrowing Owl Athene cunicularia

Typical calls - Guayas, Ecuador. July 1992. [∇] CC Niels Krabbe.
Typical calls - Goiania, Brazil. May 2009 [∇] © Nunes D'Acosta.
Alarmed - Goiania, Brazil. [∇] © Nunes D'Acosta.

Little OwlLittle Owl Athene noctua

Typical call - Broomley, Northumberland, UK. November 2013. [∇] CC Patrik Åberg.
Alarmed - Broomley, Northumberland, UK. November 2013. [∇] CC Patrik Åberg.

Spotted OwletSpotted Owlet Athene brama

Typical call - Northern India. [∇] © Bruce Marcot.

Boreal OwlBoreal Owl Aegolius funereus

Typical call - Burgundy, France. [∇] © Gérard Olivier.

Northern Saw-whet OwlNorthern Saw-whet Owl Aegolius acadicus

Typical call - Wisconsin, USA. [∇] © John Feith.
Alarmed - Los Angeles County, California, USA. March 2015. [∇] CC Lance A. M. Benner.

Unspotted Saw-whet OwlUnspotted Saw-whet Owl Aegolius ridgwayi

Typical call - Chiapas, Mexico. January 2006 [∇] CC Nathan Pieplow.

Buff-fronted OwlBuff-fronted Owl Aegolius harrisii

Typical call - Reserva Yunguilla, Azuay, Ecuador. April 2003. [∇] CC Nick Athanas.

Rufous OwlRufous Owl Ninox rufa

Typical call - Marrakai, Northern Territory, Australia. September 2012. [∇] CC Marc Anderson.

Powerful OwlPowerful Owl Ninox strenua

Male & female - Engadine, New South Wales, Australia. February 2005. [∇] © Richard Jackson.

Barking OwlBarking Owl Ninox connivens

Male & female - Pilliga National Park, New South Wales, Australia. May 2009. [∇] © Richard Jackson.
"Screaming woman" call - Chiltern, Victoria, Australia. January 1982. [∇] © Ed McNabb.

MoreporkMorepork Ninox novaeseelandiae

Typical call - Paparoa National Park, New Zealand. November 2012. [∇] CC George Wagner.

Southern Boobook OwlSouthern Boobook Owl Ninox boobook

Typical call - Engadine, NSW, Australia. October 2003. [∇] © Richard Jackson.

Brown Hawk OwlBrown Hawk Owl Ninox scutulata

Typical call (western) - Sarawak, Malaysia. July 2015. [∇] CC Marc Anderson.

Andaman Hawk OwlAndaman Hawk Owl Ninox affinis

Typical call - South Andaman. [∇] © Dave Farrow.

Ochre-bellied Hawk OwlOchre-bellied Hawk Owl Ninox ochracea

Typical calls - Dumogo Bone, Sulawesi. [∇] © Dave Farrow.

Jungle Hawk OwlJungle Hawk Owl Ninox theomacha

Typical call - Elevala River, Western Province, Papua New Guinea. June 2007. [∇] CC Nick Athanas.

Speckled Hawk OwlSpeckled Hawk Owl Ninox punctulata

Typical calls - Lore Lindu, Sulawesi. [∇] © Dave Farrow.

Halmahera Boobook OwlHalmahera Boobook Owl Ninox hypogramma

Typical calls - Halmahera, Indonesia. [∇] © Dave Farrow.

Christmas Island Hawk OwlChristmas Island Hawk Owl Ninox natalis

Typical call - Christmas Island. March 2015. [∇] © Richard Jackson.
Barking call - Christmas Island. 1995. [∇] © Richard Hill.

Stygian OwlStygian Owl Asio stygius

Typical call - Silves, Amazonas, Brazil. July 2013. [∇] CC Thiago Bicudo.

Long-eared OwlLong-eared Owl Asio otus

Typical male - Unden Västra Götaland, Sweden. March 2014. [∇] CC Patrik Åberg.

Striped OwlStriped Owl Asio clamator

Whistles - Brazil. [∇] © Nunes D'Acosta.

Short-eared OwlShort-eared Owl Asio flammeus

Typical male - Rautalampi, Northern Savonia, Finland. April 1999. [∇] CC Lauri Hallikainen.
Alarm call, female - Moniecki, Podlaskie, Poland. June 2015. [∇] CC Romuald Mikusek.

Marsh OwlMarsh Owl Asio capensis

Typical call - Lac de Sidi, Bourhaba, Morocco. April 2012. [∇] © Tero Linjama.