These guys definitely don’t make the traditional ‘hoot’ that some owls are known to do. Instead, they make this raspy, eerie sound that almost sounds like a scream. Very weird.
It isn’t often you will find these birds out in the open. Like most owls, they are nocturnal and during the day they usually hang out in tree cavities, dense stands of trees and of course barns and other spots well out of sight. These medium-sized owls can be found across most of the globe, including the contiguous United States. This particular owl is a captive one named Cupid, used for educational purposes.