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Barred Owl front view

Barred Owl

Birds / Strix varia
Length Wingspan up to 42"
Conservation Status

The Barred Owl is a medium sized owl with a round head and black eyes. It is named after the barring on their breast. They do not have tufts on their head like their larger cousin the Great Horned Owl. These owls are heard as much as they are seen with their familiar “who-cooks-for-you” call made by both the males and females during breeding season. Their nest is made in a tree cavity or occasionally in an abandoned hawk nest where they lay two eggs that hatch after 28- 33 days. Like all owls they are built for silent flight to aid in their nocturnal hunting, frayed edges on the trailing edge of the flight feathers muffle the sound of their wings. Their hearing is very sensitive with an ear opening on each side of head behind the eye. These ear holes are offset, meaning one side is higher the other so it can pinpoint sound more accurately.

Range
All of eastern United States from Florida to southern Canada, through western Canada and the NW United States
Habitat
Dense hardwood and coniferous forest, wooded swamps
Diet
Small mammals, reptiles and amphibians, invertebrates such as crawfish and insects.
Barred Owl
Barred Owl with keeper
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