These nocturnal birds are more often heard than seen and typically reside in heavily wooded areas.
- Barred owls can be identified by their large body, all black eyes, round tuftless head, and brown stripes.
- Eastern Screech-Owls can be identified by their small size, large head with pointed tufts, and brown/gray feathers.
- Great Horned Owls can be identified by their large size, prominent tufts, and reddish-brown faces.
- Northern Saw-whet Owls can be identified by their small size, tuftless head, brown and white streaked feathers, and white V between their eyes.
- Short-eared Owls can be identified by their medium size, round head with tiny ear tufts, dark rings around their eyes, and short tail.
- Barn owls can be identified by their white, heart-shaped faces, black eyes, and ghostly white underbelly with brown spots.
(Y) = Year-round Virginia Residents (M) = Migratory