I have always been fascinated by owls yet haven’t been able to view many in the wild. So… I put together this page of live owl cams to get my fix! Enjoy…
Do you enjoy watching live owl cams?
Updated October 10, 2021: This is the best place to find a wide variety of owl live stream cams on the Internet! I have compiled a grouping of owl live cams on this single page to make it easier for my readers to find the best cam experience for watching live owls from around the world.
Please note that some of the cameras below may be off-line, depending on the owner and the time of year. Also, some live streams are not available, so I wasn't able to embed the live video on this page. In those cases, I included a recorded video and provided you with a link to the youtube channel so you can see the actual live owl cam in real-time there.
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Barn Owl Cam Live
This cam is one of 10 Barn Owl boxes at the Monterey Regional Waste Management District (MRWMD). Barn Owls were discovered nesting in their recycling building in 2017. Then, the Salinas High School Green Academy built 10 owl boxes that were installed in February 2018 to encourage the Barn Owls to nest outdoors rather than inside the building.
The Barn Owls now provide a natural form of pest management at MRWMD. In one season, it is estimated that one owl family can hunt and consume 3,000 rodents.
These barn owl cams are solar-powered and due to available sunshine and battery storage, it may not be available 24 hours a day. You can rewind the live feed to see what has happened! Click here to check out their YouTube channel.
Spring 2020: The adult owl pair, Sol and Luna, had two clutches of eggs: The first one, unfortunately, was not viable. The second one resulted in five hatchlings! We have enjoyed watching their development with people from all over the globe. Their growth is rapid, and the hatchlings mature in seven to eight weeks before fledging.
It is critical to their wellbeing and protection that we at home and at our businesses also institute safe pest management practices. Using rodenticide can be detrimental to these species and other birds of prey.
Sol and Luna may leave the owlets unattended for long periods of time while they hunt, etc. This is normal barn owl behavior and the District will not intervene to feed the chicks or check the nest, per restrictions in the Migratory Bird Act, unless the owlets are deemed to be in serious jeopardy.
The Barn Owl (Tyto alba) is one of the most widespread species of birds on the planet. This owl can be found on six continents.
This owl is associated with many superstitions, probably due to its appearance and nesting habits. They are commonly found nesting in cavities, tree holes, cliff face fissures, barns, farm sheds, church towers, and old buildings. Farmers like to see them in their sheds and barns because Barn Owls like to hunt and feed on rats and mice.
Barn owls are known to:
- Fly slowly while hunting, methodically covering the ground and hovering over spots that may conceal prey
- Have acute hearing, with ears placed asymmetrically
- Hunt without the reliance on sight, due to their excellent hearing abilities
- To be nocturnal, except in some Pacific islands and Great Britain where it also hunts by day
- Bob their heads back and forth, staring down intruders
You can hear the Barn Owl at night with its distinctive call as it flies. Contrary to what many believe, Barn Owls do not make the hoot-hoot sound that many other owls make. Instead, they make a harsh screech. Check out this article to view some of the best owl nesting boxes so you can attract owls to your own backyard.
Barn Owls, Tawny Owls & Other British Wildlife located in Yorkshire, UK
This live owl cam is actually 10 streams built into one live video. For your viewing pleasure, you’ll have the opportunity to watch a number of different Barn Owls and Tawny Owls in their natural habitat.
The Barn Owls consist of:
- Finn (Male)
- Gylfie (Female)
- Howard (Male)
- Bronte (Female)
- Ghost (Male)
The pair of Tawny Owls consists of:
- Bomber (Male)
- Luna (Female)
Each of these owl species possesses many interesting characteristics, attributes, and habits, and species related eccentricities.
Important Facts About Barn Owls
- They are nocturnal creatures
- Their appearance is ghostly pale
- They hunt in open fields and meadows at night
- They have a raspy, eerie call & hoot
- They are known to swallow their prey whole
- Their low light vision is excellent
- Female barn owls are showier than male barn owls
- 46 barn owl races remain in existence
- Due to habitat loss, barn owls are declining in parts of their range
Important Facts About Tawny Owls
- They are roughly the same size as a woodpigeon
- They find a mate and remain as an established pair
- They eat worms, frogs, rodents, small mammals, insects, fish and small birds
- Their head and bodies are rounded
- They have dark eyes
- They have a dark ring of feathers around their eyes
- Their feathers have a typical reddish-brown hue
- Female Tawny Owls are usually heavier than their male counterparts
- They are nocturnal creatures but are occasionally active in the day
Barn Owl Sounds:
Long-Eared Owl In Missoula, Montana
Check out this long eared owl cam in Missoula, Montana! Watch the live stream to watch this owl family in their natural habitat. This live stream is brought to you by Explore.org and you can check out their YouTube channel here.
Long-eared Owls are known for having an expression that appears to be surprised. This is probably due to the way their ears point straight up into the sky, kind of like making an exclamation mark on either side of their heads.
These owls exhibit the following characteristics:
- Nocturnal hunters that like to roost in dense foliage
- Acute hearing allowing them to hunt in the dark very effectively
- Excellent camouflage allows them to blend into their surroundings, making them hard to find
- Like foraging over grasslands for small mammals
- Despite what people think about owls, long-eared owls are nimble flyers
You can identify Long-eared owls during the spring and summer months by listening for their unique hoots which are low and breathy hoots. They also have a strange barking call at night.
Listen to the Long-eared Owl below:
Western Screech Owl Live Stream
Trük Meister is nice enough to share the Bella Nest Cam located in a big old willow tree about 60 feet tall in Utah. The owl nest is approximately 18 feet from the ground to the opening. This stream has DVR enabled. This means that you can back up the video as much as 12 hours. Did you miss something? Just hover your mouse pointer near the bottom of the screen. See the red line? Move your pointer over it to decide how far to back up. When you want to return to the live stream click “LIVE” (just below the red line).
Trük leaves these owls uninterrupted and wild. They just observe them with the cameras. As Trük says in the YouTube channel, “you may see us or hear us around in the yard but we do not interfere with the owls.”
In case you are wondering about the technology, Trük uses several cameras. However, the primary video camera is a Green-Backyard IP Nest camera and a Dericam PTZ camera.
Trük pretty much streams these cameras 24/7, 365 days of the year. Once the owlets have completely left the tree Trük may shut off the stream for a time to make changes from things learned the past season. Click here to view on their YouTube channel.
Here is the call of Western Screech-Owl:
Great Horned Owl Feed
Charlo, Montana Owl Cam
This is a view from above the nest of a great horned owl in Charlo Montana. It showcases one of my favorite owls of all, the Great Horned Owl! And I have to admit that this live stream is incredibly addictive.
For starters, this live stream is of a mom and dad Great Horned Owl couple located 30 feet high in a tree. The mama owl recently had two babies and she is currently feeding, which is really exciting to watch as you’ll soon see.
International Owl Center Cam
This live cam features Rusty and Iris, two Great Horned Owls. Unfortunately, they cannot live in the wild due to eye injuries. Therefore, thanks to our friends at the International Owl Center (their YouTube channel is here), they are living in captivity as part of a vocal study on their species.
The Great Horned Owl is probably the most recognized owl due to its long, earlike tufts and deep yellow-eyes that seem to stare right through you. This is the owl that most people associated with storybooks and fairytales.
The Great Horned Owl is a fierce predator that is capable of hunting other animals and birds larger than themselves. However, they do love to feed on mice, frogs, rabbits, rats, and voles. The Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) is also known as the tiger owl (tiger of the air) or as the hoot owl, due to it’s commonly recognized hoot-hoot.
The Great Horned Owl can be found in many locations. It loves trees and can be found in trees in a variety of forests such as deciduous, coniferous, tropical rainforests, and mixed forests. They can also be found in mountainous areas, deserts, prairies, subarctic tundra, rocky coasts, mangrove swamp forests, and some urban areas.
These owls have a call that most people associate with owls:
Barred Owl Cam: Live Stream Highlights
While this is not a true live stream cam, it contains footage from one and was edited to show the highlights of these Barred Owls returning to their springtime residence in Zionsville, Indiana.
Here is an excerpt from the video description:
After a month of dedicated incubation, the female revealed the first signs of hatching in early April. Within a few days, both owlets hatched and became the center of their parents’ attention. In addition to warmth and protection, these hungry owlets required lots of food, and their parents delivered. The owlets grew rapidly, and at between 2 and 3 weeks of age, they began eating prey on their own. Developing into a fierce hunter can be a tiring job, so the chicks made sure to get plenty of rest.Cornell Lab Bird Cam
Barred Owl Cam
This live cam has a great view of a River Birch tree located by a driveaway in a Tulsa, OK neighborhood. Here, you’ll find Owlbert & Laura-Jeanne Barred Owl who nest in the hollow of this tree. At any given time, individuals of all ages, conservation groups, and classrooms will be watching and participating in community chat. If this live stream is not working, you can try loading it from their YouTube channel here.
The Barred Owl (Strix varia) is also known as the northern barred owl and has the nickname hoot owl. Barred owls are known to be native to Eastern North America. Like other owls, they like to prey on small mammals like mice, rats, and rodents. However, they also prey on other birds as well as reptiles and amphibians like frogs and lizards.
An adult Barred Owl is large, measuring anywhere 15″ to 25″ long with a wingspan of 38″ to 50″. They are stocky owls with rounded heads. They are colored brown and white over their entire body and wings with dark brown eyes.
Here is the Barred Owl making its calls. Many owl watchers remember this distinctive hoot call by remembering this phrase, “Who cooks for you, who cooks for you all.”:
Great Gray Owl Cam
The live stream offered here provides a bird’s-eye view of a Great Gray Owl situated within a hollow tree located in the great state of Montana. This is an incredibly rare sight to see because it isn’t often that someone captures this majestic North American owl on camera. As a matter of fact, the Great Gray Owl is the largest of its kind located in North America.
Great Gray Owls, as previously mentioned, are very large birds with large round heads. Not only are they tall, but they’re also big in size and stature. By comparison, their size range fits between a crow on the smaller side and a goose on the larger side.
Overall, these owls have a silvery gray color pattern with brown, gray, and white streaks as well. Even more interesting, they have the appearance of a white bow tie in the center of their neck, and it’s surrounded by black feathers.
Other important facts to consider include:
- Their faces resemble a large disc
- Their body size is larger than most owls
- They do not weigh more than most owls though
- The bulk of their large body size consists of feathers in lieu of muscle mass
- They have yellow bills
- They avoid people and rarely call attention to themselves
- They hunt before dawn, at dusk, and during the night