What Do Owls Sound Like?


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Owls make a variety of sounds, including hoots, whinnies, screeches and growls. These sounds vary by species and the reasons for calling. The great horned owl, for example, is best known for its classic "hoot" that is used to communicate long distances.

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Barn owls emit a raspy growl or screech. Great horned owl hoot is the universally recognized owl call. It is frequently used as a generic owl hoot in television and movies. Combined with the fact that great horned owls are extremely common, many people do not know that some species of owls do not hoot or that great horned owls emit a variety of other calls.

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