8 Owls in Michigan That You Can Actually See

Medium-large owl with round head, dark brown upperparts, and distinctive hooting call. Found in forests across North America.

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Barred Owl

Large, adaptable Great Horned Owl, 22" length, 44" wingspan. Mottled brown, tufted, nocturnal. Nests widely, powerful grip.

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Great Horned Owl

Small, ear-tufted, common in eastern USA, hides during the day, hunts at night. Size: 8.5", Wingspan: 20".

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Eastern Screech-Owl

Large, mostly white with yellow eyes. Active in day, winters in open areas. Recognizable by round head and broad wings.

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Snowy Owl (RARE)

Medium-sized, brown with dark eye patches. Active day and night, found in open fields. Nests on the ground. Wingspan: 38 inches.

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Short-eared Owl (RARE)

Small, dark owl with distinct markings. Nests in woodpecker holes, hunts at night. Found in northern USA and Canada.

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Northern Saw-whet Owl (RARE)

Medium-sized, slender with orange face. Prefers coniferous woodlands. Nests in old crow, magpie, and hawk nests.

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Long-eared Owl (RARE)

Boreal forest resident with distinctive black and white plumage, square head, and excellent eyesight. Winter visitors to northern USA.

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Northern Hawk Owl (RARE)

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