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Tyto alba  Common Barn-Owl
A 1998 issue of The Journal of Louisiana Ornithology (Vol. 4, pp. 3-9) reported that Barn Owls in the coastal marshes may feed on small birds more often than rodents. These cavity-nesting and ledge-nesting carnivores are uncommon in Louisiana, occurring primarily in the Coastal Marsh, Prairie/Rice Field, and Mississippi/Red River regions.

photo Copyright 1999 by Brian Miller&
painting (inset) by Louis Agassiz Fuertes 1914
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Bubo virginianus  Great Horned Owl
These urban-tolerant, tree-nesting carnivores are probably common throughout the state. The number of records that are mapped may under represent their occurrence, as they call primarily at night and may have been missed by some atlasers.

painting by Louis Agassiz Fuertes 1914
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Strix varia  Barred Owl
Barred Owls are very common in Louisiana's bottomland hardwood forests. They nest in tree cavities and prey on a variety of animals including crawfish, birds, snakes, and frogs.

photo Copyright 1999 by Brian Miller 
male or female