Barred Owl

Strix varia

Order

STRIGIFORMES

Family

Barn Owls, Typical Owls (Tytonidae & Strigidae)

Code 4

BADO

Code 6

STRVAR

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Barred Owl is native to Mexico, the United States and Canada. It has also been found in Bermuda as well. The range of the Barred Owl is nearly 6.5 million square kilometers. The population of this bird is more than half a million individual birds. Currently, there are no concerns that the population of this bird faces serious decline. Consequently, the Barred Owl has a rating of Least Concern. This is downgraded from a Lower Risk rating in 2000.

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BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY

SUMMARY

Overview

Barred Owl: Medium, large-headed owl with large, brown eyes, concentric rings around pale face, no ear tufts. Upperparts are brown with white markings. Underparts are white with dark bars on breast and dark streaks on belly. Heavily streaked, spotted, and variegated brown, white, and buff overall.

 

Range and Habitat

Barred Owl: Widespread in the eastern half of North America; spreading westward in the northern portion of range, where it is causing concern in Washington, Oregon, and California that competition and hybridization may impact populations of endangered Spotted Owls. Preferred habitats include deep, moist forests, wooded swamps, and woodlands near waterways.

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Barred Owl SONGS AND CALLS

Barred Owl A1

Female solicitation call.

Barred Owl A2

Pair duet, the higher-pitched call is the female.

Similar Sounding

Spotted Owl A1

Hooting location calls from a male.


Voice Text

" hoo hoo ho-ho, hoo hoo ho-hoooooaw"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Barred Owl has brown eyes, not yellow as seen in most other owl species.
  • A Sparred Owl is the result of a Barred Owl mating with its smaller cousin, the Spotted Owl.
  • Some have pink belly feathers, perhaps from a diet rich in crayfish.
  • A group of owls has many collective nouns, including a "bazaar", "glaring", "parliament", "stooping", and "wisdom" of owls.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Chris Vest

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
BellyX
The ventral part of the bird, or the area between the flanks on each side and the crissum and breast. Flight muscles are located between the belly and the breast.
BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X