The Barn Owl is strictly nocturnal. While common statewide, it is rarely seen. The other owls are more often heard than seen. The Screech Owl will roost and hunt in gardens.|
The Great Horned Owl nests in the forks of large trees. The others are cavity nesters and will use nest boxes.
The Florida Burrowing Owl is a species of special concern. It is found in dry prairie habitats in the peninsula and Keys as well as pastures, airports, golf courses, and in partially developed areas. It nests in a burrow, usually one it excavates. Data is being collected in South Florida.
If there are Burrowing Owls nearby, you can attract them to nest by providing a sandy area one to two feet in diameter and placing a T-perch near it. The spot should be in an unobstructed area that doesn't flood.
|name||area||season||diet/native food plants|
|Barn Owl||NCS||SpSuFW-B||insects, birds, small mammals|
|Barred Owl||NCS||SpSuFW-B||rodents*, birds|
|Burrowing Owl||NCS||SpSuFW-B||insects*, frogs, anoles, carrion|
|Great Horned Owl||NCS||SpSuFW-B||small animals, ducks, owls|
|Screech Owl||NCS||SpSuFW-B||insects*, rodents, birds|
Sp=spring Su=summer F=fall W=winter
B=breeds in Florida during season(s) underlined M=Migrant