George Dissmeyer - Barred Owl

Barred owl

Strix varia

Trail Tidbits

This owl gets its name for the bars or stripes on its body.

Barred owls hunt both in the daytime (early morning and at dusk) and nighttime.

They live in wooded bottom-lands near rivers and swampy areas.

They catch mostly rodents, but will also catch fox, opossum, rabbit, song birds, insects, lizards and frogs.

Barred owls usually nest in tree cavities, but will also use old nests from a hawk, crow or squirrel.

Their call seems to say "who cooks for you? who cooks for you all!"


Juvenile Barred owl