Date: Winter 2011-2012
What are the predators of a owl?
Our largest adult owls have few predators. Smaller owls may be prey of other owls, long-eared owls are sometimes eaten by great horned owls, for example. Ground nesting owls, like short-eared owls, and especially nestlings, may be hunted by many predators, coyotes and other hawks and owls most likely. Nestlings of all birds, including owls may be hunted by other birds, raccoons, snakes and other animals that can climb trees.
Predators of owls include:
Hawks, Eagles and other raptors
Snakes that raid nests
Accidents such as falling out of a nest, colliding with a tree, and electric
also contribute to owl mortality.
Humans are sometimes responsible for owl deaths both by accident and
on-purpose, such as
Shooting, accidentally trapping, colliding with a car, and sometimes farmers
plow up underground burrows.
If you are interested, a good on-line article about the Barn Owl can be
found at this URL:
A broader article about owls can be found at:
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Update: June 2012