I'm told that there are two kinds of owls, or chouette, here: la effraie (the barn owl) and la hulotte (the tawny owl).
Those that I hear in conversation just before dawn every morning might be hulottes; they sound like a cross between an owl and a morning dove. Their call is eerier and more exotic than those of the owls in my Home Forest: the great horned owl ("who-who-who-cooks-for-you?") and the barred owl ("who-cooks-for-you? who-cooks-for-you-all?").
You can listen to these and other owl calls on The Owl Pages.