About Owl Hooting

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Why Do Owls Hoot?

Besides communicating, owls hoot to claim their territory, attracting a mate and warn about predators and intruders.

But owls have a wider palette of sounds than most people are aware of. Remember, there are more than 200 species of owls and the famous hoots are just a small part of how they express themselves.

More Than Just The Hooting Sound

Depending on which owl you meet, it may whistle, chirp, scream, screech, bark or growl. Some of these sounds can be quite gruesome and make you feel like you are in the middle of a horror movie if unprepared.

Most owls communicate in a quite loud and low-pitched voice, which give their messages the optimal conditions to travel far and wide. Up to 75 kilometers have been registered.

Short fact: Even though owls are known to be nocturnal creatures, you can also hear them during the day.

Territorial And Romatic

The owls’ hoots might sound very alike to us humans, but many species have such a distinguished vocabulary that they easily can tell neighbors and strangers apart. This is a very useful owl-skill to have.

Owls are very territorial predators. They will act more aggressively towards the sound of a stranger than a familiar one.

Territorial hoots are very different from calls made to attract a mate. The alerts are longer, louder, and more dramatic. The romantic hooting is lower in pitch and can be almost like a duet between the male and female. If you hear it, you can rest assured that love is in the air.

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