Barred Owel

Strix varia
The Barred owl is the only owl of the eastern United States which has brown eyes; all others have yellow eyes. The underparts are light with markings; the chest is barred horizontally while the belly is streaked vertically (hence its name “barred owl.”) Its call is a series of eight hoots ending in oo-aw and sounding like “Who cooks for you, who cooks for you all.” The barred owl hunts by waiting on a high perch at night and flying through the woods to swoop down on prey. Its nest is built in a tree cavity, often ones created by Pileated woodpeckers.

DIET

The Barred owl eats a variety of species which include rats, squirrels, bats, moles, opossums, mink and weasels.

FAST FACTS

Size: 16-25 inches
Weight: 1 – 2.5 lbs
Lifespan:10 years in the wild.

CONSERVATION STATUS

LEAST CONCERNED