Owl Species

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