What Does an Owl Sound Like? Owl Audio Thought you heard a owl? Listen to an audio recording (mp3 file) of owl noises and sounds. Owl Since they often live in forests, trees on and around private properties, and farmlands, owls are considered an annoyance by many homeowners. Great horned and barn owls are the species most commonly found in suburban areas, particularly in attics and barns. The birds are active and noisy at night and sleep during daylight hours. Their diets consist mainly of rodents and small mammals. Owl Sounds Owls make a variety of loud, continuous sounds, including hoots, barks, whistles, coos, and cries. People most closely associate the birds with their hooting, which is deep and soft and used to claim territory and call for mates. Their other noises are typically more high pitched and sound like singing or cooing. Dangers, Control & Removal Small pets and fowl often fall victim to the predatory birds. When owls think their nests or offspring are threatened, humans also become targets of their aggression. Additionally, since the birds are active during the night, their repeated hooting and crying keeps people awake. If individuals have owl infestations on their properties, they should contact the experts at Critter Control. Our technicians handle owls as humanely as possible.