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*This is an excerpt from Common Birds of Prey in Alabama, ANR – 1386

The great horned owl is the largest and probably most common owl species in Alabama. Though most easily identified by their large size and widely spaced ear tufts, great horned owls are mostly gray above and barred beneath with rusty-orange feathers around their eyes. Common habitats include agricultural fields, forests, and forest edges, but these birds can be found in almost any habitat harboring enough prey to support them.

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Found year round throughout Alabama, Cooper’s hawks are similar to sharp-shinned hawks. Averaging around one pound, Cooper’s hawks are larger than sharp-shinned hawks. Almost identical in coloration, Cooper’s hawks can be distinguished from sharpshinned hawks by their longer, rounder tails, larger heads and straighter wings. As with sharp-shinned hawks, Cooper’s hawks eat mostly smaller songbirds and are found in and around forests.

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Eastern screech-owls are the smallest owl commonly seen in the eastern United States. Though they vary in color from gray to brown to red, screech-owls can be identified by their small size, ear tufts, and the elaborate patterns that cover their bodies. These birds can be found in most forested habitats in Alabama, particularly open woods or along forest edges.

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