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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 OwlNCSSpSuFW-Binsects, birds, small mammals
Barred OwlNCSSpSuFW-Brodents*, birds
Burrowing Owl
NCSSpSuFW-Binsects*, frogs, anoles, carrion
Great Horned OwlNCSSpSuFW-Bsmall animals, ducks, owls
Screech OwlNCSSpSuFW-Binsects*, rodents, birds
N=north  C=central  S=south
Sp=spring  Su=summer  F=fall  W=winter
B=breeds in Florida during season(s) underlined  M=Migrant

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