The Barred Owl preys mostly on meadow voles, deer mice and shrews. However, this bird is an opportunistic hunter and has been know to eat squirrels, small rabbits, moles, mink, bats, opossums and many other creatures. This owl will sometimes eat other birds as well, such as grouse, quail, jays and woodpeckers.
The Burrowing Owl is a ground dwelling bird (hence the name) that typically lives in wide open areas such as dry grasslands, deserts, range lands and argicultural areas. They are also known to live in some pined areas. Burrowing Owls normally live in informal colonies, working together to find food and avoid predators.
The Burrowing Owl’s diet tends to vary based on the availability of food. They feed primarily on large insects, grasshoppers and beetles. They also eat small mammals like gophers, mice and squirrels. When available they will also eat small reptiles, scorpions, amphibians, small rabbits and birds.
The Great Horned Owl is perhaps the most well known owl in the world. It is certainly one of the largest. Named for the large tufts of feathers above its eyes, this owl is typically a reddish brown color, sometimes grayish to black as well.
The Great Horned Owl is not a picky eater. In fact, it is known to eat at least 253 different types of prey, some of them 2 to 3 times the weight of itself. Though this owl prefers rabbits and hares it has be known to eat armadillo, skunk, raccoon, mink, squirrel, porcupine, cats, dogs, moles, muskrats, bats and many other things.
The Snowy Owl is mostly dependent on lemmings and voles as the main part of its diet. However, when these are hard to find they eat a variety of mammals and birds including: hare, squirrel, muskrat, mice, rabbit, praire dogs and small birds.