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Central American Pygmy-Owl
Central American Pygmy-Owl: Very small owl, red-brown upperparts, brown-gray on head. Red-brown on sides of breast, red-brown streaks on white underparts. Mottled gray and white facial disk, short white eyebrows, no ear tufts. Eyes yellow, bill yellow-buff. Short, rounded wings, black-gray tail with three white bars.
Black-and-White Owl
Black-and-White Owl: Large owl with black-gray upperparts, fine black and white barring on underparts. Black facial disk with mottled white rim. No ear tufts. Eyes are black-brown, bill, and feet. Long, rounded wings, barred tail.
Colima Pygmy-Owl
Colima (Least) Pygmy-Owl: Very small owl, brown upperparts. Brown on sides of breast, brown streaks on white underparts. Mottled tan facial disk, short white eyebrows, no ear tufts. Eyes yellow, bill yellow-buff. Short, rounded wings, black-gray tail with buff barring.
Cape Pygmy-Owl
Cape Pygmy-Owl: Very small owl, mottled brown upperparts, buff spots on head, brown streaks on white underparts. Mottled brown facial disk. No ear tufts. Yellow eyes, yellow-buff bill, gray feet. Short, rounded wings, barred tail.
Bearded Screech-Owl
Bearded Screech-Owl: Small owl with mottled brown and buff upperparts, some white spots in wings, course streaks and barring on white underparts. Mottled brown-tan facial disk with indistinct dark rim. No ear tufts. Yellow eyes, bill is olive-gray. Rounded wings and tail are barred.
Palau Owl
Palau Owl: Small to medium-sized red-brown owl with gray-white and black spots on back, wings, and underparts. Gray-white above and between eyes, and on edge of face. Round head with red-brown eyes, and white-yellow bill. Female slightly larger and darker than male, Juvenile is uniform white-brown with black-brown wings.
Hawaiian Owl
Hawaiian Owl: This medium-sized owl has both light and dark brown mottled upperparts, dark-streaked, pale buff underparts, large round head with pale buff facial disk with fine brown tinges, black around eyes, small ear tufts, yellow eyes, and black bill. Feeds mostly on rodents and mongoose. The flight is erratic with flopping wing beats. Sexes are similar. Subspecies of the Short-eared Owl.
Balsas Screech-Owl
Balsas Screech-Owl: Small but hefty owl with mottled brown-gray upperparts, some white markings in wings, fine streaks and barring on underparts. Brown-tan facial disk with prominent dark rim. Small ear tufts. Brown eyes, bill is olive-green. Short, rounded wings and tail are barred.
Brown Hawk-Owl
Brown Hawk-Owl: Fairly small to medium, slender owl with small round head, and big, round yellow eyes. Gray-brown on head, rest of upperparts brown. Underparts white with thick brown spots on breast and belly that appear random and sometimes as thick vertical stripes. Medium length wings. Medium length tail with black and gray barring. Sexes similar but female larger than male.
Crested Owl
Crested Owl: Medium to large owl, fine mottling on brown upperparts and on tan-brown or gray-brown underparts. Red-brown facial disk, very long white ear tufts. Eyes and bill are yellow. Long, broad, rounded wings, plain tail.
Tamaulipas Pygmy-Owl
Tamaulipas Pygmy-Owl: Very small owl, brown upperparts. Brown streaks on white underparts. Mottled tan facial disk, short white eyebrows, no ear tufts. Eyes yellow. Short, rounded wings, black-gray tail with buff barring.
Stygian Owl
Stygian Owl: Large, slender owl, black-gray mottled upperparts, underparts mostly white with black streaks and bars. Black-gray facial disk, white below bill and on front. Long ear tufts. Eyes yellow, bill black-gray. Long wings, bare, gray feet.
Vermiculated Screech-Owl
Vermiculated Screech-Owl: Small owl with fine mottled gray-brown or red-brown upperparts, and fine streaks and mottling on gray-brown or red-brown underparts. Facial disk mottled gray-brown with limited, narrow black rim. Ear tufts small. Eyes yellow and bill olive-gray.
Unspotted Saw-whet Owl
Unspotted Saw-whet Owl: Small owl, brown upperparts and breast, rest of underparts buff. Mottled gray-brown facial disk, white between and just above eyes, narrow, mottled white outline. No ear tufts, eyes yellow or brown, black bill. Feathered buff-gray toes.
Striped Owl
Striped Owl: Medium sized, slender owl, mottled brown and buff upperparts, white and buff underparts with black streaks. White facial disk with black outline. Long ear tufts. Eyes yellow-brown. Long wings. Bare, yellow feet.
Mottled Owl
Mottled Owl: Medium sized owl, brown mottling on upperparts, underparts buff with brown streaks and some barring. Mottled gray-brown facial disk with mottled white outline, no ear tufts. Eyes brown, bill buff or yellow, barred tail. Bare, buff feet. Sexes are similar.
Fulvous Owl
Fulvous Owl: Large owl with brown mottling on upperparts, most of underparts buff with brown streaks. Gray-buff facial disk, no ear tufts. Eyes black-brown, bill yellow, barred tail. Bare, yellow feet. Sexes are similar.
Spectacled Owl
Spectacled Owl: Large owl, black-brown upperparts and breast, white throat, rest of underparts buff. Small black-brown facial disk with white outline near bill and eyes. No ear tufts. Eyes yellow. Broad, rounded wings, barred tail.
Pacific Screech-Owl
Pacific Screech-Owl: Small owl with mottled brown-gray upperparts, some white markings in wings, fine streaks on white underparts. Gray-buff facial disk, small ear tufts. Yellow eyes, bill olive-yellow. Short, rounded wings and tail are barred.
Long-eared Owl
Long-eared Owl: Medium-sized owl with gray-brown body with pale bars and heavy streaks on underparts. The facial disc is rufous with white a patch below the bill. The ear tufts are close together, long, black and rufous, and are not visible in flight. Bouyant, mothlike flight with silent wing beats.
Great Horned Owl
Great Horned Owl: Large owl with dark brown, gray-brown mottled upperparts and dark barred underparts. Head has distinct ear tufts and rufous facial disk. Throat and upper breast are white and may have dark spots. Northern birds are paler and grayer. Strong, silent, direct, flap and glide flight.
Short-eared Owl
Short-eared Owl: Medium owl, light and dark brown mottled upperparts and dark-streaked, pale buff underparts. Head has large, round, pale buff facial disk with fine, brown tinges, black around eyes, and small ear tufts. Eyes are yellow and bill is black. Flight is erratic with flopping wing beats.
Northern Saw-whet Owl
Northern Saw-whet Owl: Small, large headed owl, brown upperparts, white underparts with thick brown stripes. Head has gray facial disk with white "Y” between eyes; lacks ear tufts. Bill is dark. Wings are brown with white spots. White undertail coverts. Direct, silent flight with fluttering wing beats.
Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl: Large owl, dark gray body interspersed with bars and flecks of brown, pale gray, and white. Head is large and without ear tufts. Yellow eyes are relatively small. Bulky appearance when perching due to dense, fluffy plumage, long wings extending past body, and relatively long tail.
Barred Owl
Barred Owl: Medium, large-headed owl with large, brown eyes, concentric rings around pale face, no ear tufts. Upperparts are brown with white markings. Underparts are white with dark bars on breast and dark streaks on belly. Heavily streaked, spotted, and variegated brown, white, and buff overall.
Barn Owl
Barn Owl: This medium-sized owl has a glaring white, heart-shaped facial disk, no ear tufts and long legs. The upperparts are orange-brown with fine white spots and dark bars, and the underparts are white with small black spots. It feeds primarily on small mammals and also takes small birds. It has a slow, silent moth-like flight. Sexes are similar, but females are darker in color than the males.
Flammulated Owl
Flammulated Owl: Small owl with two color morphs (gray-brown and rufous) with many intermediate forms. The head has very small ear tufts, and dark eyes surrounded by rust-brown, pale-gray facial disk, and white eyebrows that start at the bill. It is the only small owl with dark, not yellow, eyes.
Burrowing Owl
Burrowing Owl: Small ground-dwelling owl, mostly brown with numerous white spots and no ear tufts. Eyes are yellow. White chin and throat. Tail is short, and legs are long. Bouyant, erratic flight with slow, silent wingbeats. May hover briefly above prey. The scientific name means "little digger."
Snowy Owl
Snowy Owl: Large, white owl with variable black bars and spots. The head is round and lacks tufts, eyes are yellow, and the bill is black. Feathered feet and toes provide protection from the arctic cold. Direct flap-and-glide flight with powerful, deep wingbeats. North America's only all-white owl.
Whiskered Screech-Owl
Whiskered Screech-Owl: Small owl with distinct ear tufts, gray and brown mottled upperparts, and brown-streaked, white-barred underparts. It is named for its facial whiskers, which are longer and denser than in other screech owls. Eyes are yellow. Flight is mothlike with rapid, silent wing beats.
Northern Hawk Owl
Northern Hawk Owl: Medium-sized, slender owl with white-spotted brown upperparts and brown-barred white underparts. The gray facial disk is partially bordered by a thick, brown stripe that extends to the upper breast; lacks ear tufts. Wings are long and relatively pointed. Tail is long and rounded.
Eastern Screech-Owl
Eastern Screech-Owl Gray Morph: Small with gray-mottled upperparts, rows of white spots at shoulders, heavily streaked and barred underparts. Facial disk is lightly mottled with prominent dark rim. Small ear tufts. Yellow eyes, bill is yellow or olive-green. Short, rounded wings and tail are barred.
Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl
Ferruginous Pygmy Owl: Small owl, plain brown upperparts, white underparts with thick, brown streaks. Round head has stripes and no ear tufts. Nape has two conspicuous black patches outlined in white. Tail is long and rufous with dark brown bars. Flight is rapid and direct with unmuffled wing beats.
Elf Owl
Elf Owl: Small owl, gray-brown body heavily mottled white and cinnamon-brown. Round head lacks ear tufts; facial disk bordered by thin, black line. Eyes are pale yellow highlighted by white eyebrows. Wings are long. Bristly feathers sparsely cover feet and legs. Tail is short with 3 to 5 pale bars.
Northern Pygmy-Owl
Northern Pygmy-Owl: Small owl, upperparts and sides range from brown to white-spotted gray-brown or gray. White underparts have brown stripes. Head is brown or gray with white spots; no ear tufts. Yellow eyes have white eyebrows. White-bordered black spots on back of head resemble a pair of eyes.
Spotted Owl
Spotted Owl: Medium owl, white-spotted, brown upperparts, finely barred white underparts. Head lacks ear tufts. Eyes are brown. The wings are brown with white spots. A secretive bird, it inhabits dense old growth forests. An individual needs 3000 acres to survive due to scarcity of its food source.
Boreal Owl
Boreal Owl: Medium owl, white-spotted, brown upperparts and thick brown-streaked, white underparts. Head is black with numerous small white spots, facial disks bordered with black, eyes are yellow-orange. Short flights have rapid wingbeats, longer ones are bouyant with shallow, silent wing beats.
Western Screech-Owl
Western Screech-Owl: Small owl (kennicotti), distinct ear tufts, brown- or gray-mottled upperparts, white shoulder spots, streaked, barred underparts. Lightly mottled facial disk, has prominent dark rim. Yellow eyes, dark gray bill. Until recently considered the same species as Eastern Screech-Owl.