Owls that Nest in Boxes

Nine owl species nest in boxes in North America. See their geographic ranges, their habitats, nesting habits, birdhouse plans, how to build birdhouses and where to install them.

See species information for the barn owl
Barn Owl
Barn owls eat mice, rats and other mammals, insects, frogs, some birds, rarely poultry. They nest in tree hollows, deserted buildings, barns, boat wrecks, church towers, holes in banks, even holes in the open prairies. They also nest in large boxes in the right place. See the barn owl species page.
See species information for the Great Horned Owl
Great Horned Owl
Great horned owls build nests high in trees (as high as 100 feet) of sticks, twigs, bark and feathers in cavities, cliff ledges, other hawk or eagle nests and will also nest on specially made platforms. Visit the Great Horned Owl species page, nesting platform page and view or print the platform plans.
See species information for the barred owl
Barred Owl
Barred owls hoot with an almost human like deep-toned voice. They often respond to an imitation of their call, try it. They nest in natural or abandoned tree cavities, abandoned crow or hawk nests and will also nest in birdhouses. See the barred owl species page, nest box and view or print nest box plans.
Select to read information for the eastern screech owl.
Eastern Screech Owl
Screech owls prey on mice, insects, frogs, snakes, lizards, crayfish and fish. They nest in natural or abandoned tree cavities, sometimes in barns, sheds and in nest boxes. Select to visit the eastern screech owl species page, nest box and view or print nest box plans.
Select to read species information for the western screech owl
Western Screech Owl
If you fear the dark, you will certainly appreciate the screech owl's eerie, shivering nighttime wail. They nest in tree cavities, on rocky ledges, in farm sheds and in birdhouses. Visit the Western Screech Owl species page, nest box page and view or print nest box plans.
Read species information for the pygmy owl
Pygmy Owl
Unlike other owls, pygmy owls are day hunters of small birds, rodents, reptiles and insects. They build nests in natural or abandoned tree cavities up to seventy five feet high and in nest boxes. Visit the pygmy owl species and nest box pages and print nest box plans.
See species information for the boreal owl
Boreal Owl
Boreal owls are night hunters of small mammals and lesser quantities of birds. They nest in tree cavities and will also nest in birdhouses. Visit the boreal owl species and nest box pages and view or print nest box plans.
See species information for the hawk owl
Hawk Owl
Has hawk like habits. Eats grouse, rodents, and insects. Hawk owls build nests in evergreen trees, tree hollows, in natural and abandoned tree cavities, sometimes in old hawk nests and in bird boxes too. Visit the hawk owl's species page, nest box page and view or print nest box plans.
Visit the species information page for saw-whet owl
Saw-whet Owls

Forages for beetles, ants, and grasshoppers, corn, acorns, berries and other wild fruit. Builds nests in cavities it excavates in trees, telephone poles, or fence posts and also nests in birdhouses. See the saw-whet owl species page, nest box page and view or print nest box plans.

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Owls that Nest in Boxes

Nine owl species nest in boxes in North America. See their geographic ranges, their habitats, nesting habits, birdhouse plans, how to build birdhouses and where to install them.

See species information for the barn owl
Barn Owl
Barn owls eat mice, rats and other mammals, insects, frogs, some birds, rarely poultry. They nest in tree hollows, deserted buildings, barns, boat wrecks, church towers, holes in banks, even holes in the open prairies. They also nest in large boxes in the right place. See the barn owl species page.
See species information for the Great Horned Owl
Great Horned Owl
Great horned owls build nests high in trees (as high as 100 feet) of sticks, twigs, bark and feathers in cavities, cliff ledges, other hawk or eagle nests and will also nest on specially made platforms. Visit the Great Horned Owl species page, nesting platform page and view or print the platform plans.
See species information for the barred owl
Barred Owl
Barred owls hoot with an almost human like deep-toned voice. They often respond to an imitation of their call, try it. They nest in natural or abandoned tree cavities, abandoned crow or hawk nests and will also nest in birdhouses. See the barred owl species page, nest box and view or print nest box plans.
Select to read information for the eastern screech owl.
Eastern Screech Owl
Screech owls prey on mice, insects, frogs, snakes, lizards, crayfish and fish. They nest in natural or abandoned tree cavities, sometimes in barns, sheds and in nest boxes. Select to visit the eastern screech owl species page, nest box and view or print nest box plans.
Select to read species information for the western screech owl
Western Screech Owl
If you fear of the dark, you will certainly appreciate the screech owl's eerie, shivering nighttime wail. They nest in tree cavities, on rocky ledges, in farm sheds and in birdhouses. Visit the Western Screech Owl species page, nest box page and view or print nest box plans.
Read species information for the pygmy owl
Pygmy Owl
Unlike other owls, pygmy owls are day hunters of small birds, rodents, reptiles and insects. They build nests in natural or abandoned tree cavities up to seventy five feet high and in nest boxes. Visit the pygmy owl species and nest box pages and print nest box plans.
See species information the for boreal owl
Boreal Owl
Boreal owls are night hunters of small mammals and lesser quantities of birds. They nest in tree cavities and will also nest in birdhouses. Visit the boreal owl species and nest box pages and view or print nest box plans.
See species information the for hawk owl
Hawk Owl
Has hawk like habits. Eats grouse, rodents, and insects. Hawk owls build nests in evergreen trees, tree hollows, in natural and abandoned tree cavities, sometimes in old hawk nests and in bird boxes too. Visit the hawk owl's species page, nest box page and view or print nest box plans.
Visit the species information page for the saw-whet owl
Saw-whet Owls

Forages for beetles, ants, and grasshoppers, corn, acorns, berries and other wild fruit. Builds nests in cavities it excavates in trees, telephone poles, or fence posts and also nests in birdhouses. See the saw-whet owl species page, nest box page and view or print nest box plans.

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Owls that Nest in Boxes

Nine owl species nest in boxes in North America. See their geographic ranges, their habitats, nesting habits, birdhouse plans, how to build birdhouses and where to install them.

See species information for the barn owl
Barn Owl
Barn owls eat mice, rats and other mammals, insects, frogs, some birds, rarely poultry. They nest in tree hollows, deserted buildings, barns, boat wrecks, church towers, holes in banks, even holes in the open prairies. They also nest in large boxes in the right place. See the barn owl species page.
See species information for the Great Horned Owl
Great Horned Owl
Great horned owls build nests high in trees (as high as 100 feet) of sticks, twigs, bark and feathers in cavities, cliff ledges, other hawk or eagle nests and will also nest on specially made platforms. Visit the Great Horned Owl the nesting platform page and platform plans.
See species information for the barred owl
Barred Owl
Barred owls hoot with an almost human like deep-toned voice. They often respond to an imitation of their call, try it. They nest in natural or abandoned tree cavities, abandoned crow or hawk nests and will also nest in birdhouses. See the barred owl nest box and nest box plans.
Select to read information for the eastern screech owl.
Eastern Screech Owl
Screech owls prey on mice, insects, frogs, snakes, lizards, crayfish and fish. They nest in natural or abandoned tree cavities, sometimes in barns, sheds and in nest boxes. Select to visit the eastern screech owl nest box and nest box plans pages.
Select to read species information for the western screech owl
Western Screech Owl
If you fear of the dark, you will certainly appreciate the screech owl's eerie, shivering nighttime wail. They nest in tree cavities, on rocky ledges, in farm sheds and in birdhouses. Visit the Western Screech Owl nest box page and nest box plans.
Read species information for the pygmy owl
Pygmy Owl
Unlike other owls, pygmy owls are day hunters of small birds, rodents, reptiles and insects. They build nests in natural or abandoned tree cavities up to seventy five feet high and in nest boxes. Visit the pygmy owl nest box page and nest box plans.
See species information for the boreal owl
Boreal Owl
Boreal owls are night hunters of small mammals and lesser quantities of birds. They nest in tree cavities and will also nest in birdhouses. Visit the boreal owl nest box page and nest box plans.
See species information for the hawk owl
Hawk Owl
Has hawk like habits. Eats grouse, rodents, and insects. Hawk owls build nests in evergreen trees, tree hollows, in natural and abandoned tree cavities, sometimes in old hawk nests and in bird boxes too. Visit the hawk owl's nest box page and nest box plans.
Visit the species information page for the saw-whet owl
Saw-whet Owls
Forages for beetles, ants, and grasshoppers, corn, acorns, berries and other wild fruit. Builds nests in cavities it excavates in trees, telephone poles, or fence posts and also nests in birdhouses. See the saw-whet owl nest box page and nest box plans.

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