The distinctive pale heart shaped face is iconic and well known. On migration they make a different note. It’s made mostly by the male, who often calls repeatedly from the air. 0:00 / Barn owl (call) call. Home.

There are about 20 or so subspecies of the Barn Owl but the one you can find in North Carolina is the subspecies Tyto alba pratincola. It mainly relies on a set of high-pitched screams to communicate—either a k-r-r-r-r-ickto advertise itself to other members of its species, or a longer, more forceful shriek to signal distress or a warning. When hunting, barn owls fly low across open areas such as fields and marshes with deep, silent wingbeats. Search. The only way to really know if an owl in the area is by listening for its high pitched, raspy screeching sound. Though the Barn Owl may look elegant, its voice is anything but. North Carolina Barn Owl Map (credit Carolina Bird Club) North Carolina once had excellent populations of resident barn owls and good populations remain in certain areas. The Northern Saw-whet Owl may sound like co-co-co-co-co, which some people think sounds like a truck backing up. Barn Owls don’t hoot the way most owls do; instead, they make a long, harsh scream that lasts about 2 seconds. Favorites. Luis Gracia Norman West. Barred owl. Barn owls have a wide array of nesting locations, as long as they are near open or semi-open areas where they can hunt. Eastern screech owl.

Listen to Barn owl on - a comprehensive collection of North American bird songs and bird calls. Other owls. A - Z. App. call. Burrowing owl. A softer, more wavering version of this is termed a purring call. Elf owl. But human development, a decline in the number of farms and old barns, and the switch from hay and cattle to soy and corn has taken away habitat for barn owls. Barn Owls are found nearly everywhere except the polar and dessert regions and the Pacific Islands. Females give the call infrequently. Boreal owl. Barn owl.