Barred Owl

Barred Owl

Barred Owl
Strix varia


CLASS
Aves
ORDER
Strigiformes
FAMILY
Strigidae

Range

North America


Habitat

Mature forests and heavily wooded swamps


Diet

Rodents, squirrels, hares, frogs, reptiles, crawfish and insects

Weight

1 - 1.5 lbs.

Height

16-24 in.

Wingspan

3 - 4 ft.

Incubation

28–33 days

Clutch

1 - 5 eggs

IUCN Status

Least Concern

Facts

  • The name barred owl comes from the beautiful brown and buff vertical color streaks or bars on their chest.
  • Its streamlined flight feathers allow it to swoop down on rodents and other small animals without a sound.
  • The barred owl is commonly referred to as the "hoot owl." This name refers to its "hoot-hoot" call.
  • Asymmetrical ears allow the bird to use triangulation to locate its prey. This enables the owl to pinpoint its prey even in total darkness.
  • Owls can turn their head almost 180 degrees.

 

Conservation

Barred owls are common throughout their range.

Least Concern

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Address

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Alexandria, LA 71301
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