Barred Owl

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Barred Owl
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Strigiformes
Family: Strigidae
Genus: Strix
Species: S. varia
Binomial name
Strix varia
Barton, 1799
Subspecies
  • S. v. georgica
  • S. v. helveola
  • S. v. sartorii
  • S. v. varia
Synonyms

Syrnium varium

The barred owl is a large owl commonly found in the eastern United States.

Description[change | change source]

The barred owl grow 43 to 61 centimeters (17 to 21 in) with a wingspan of 102 to 127 centimeters (40 to 50 in) at full length. The average male weigh 630 grams (22 oz) and female weigh 800 grams (28 oz). It has a round head with dark brown eyes while most owls in the eastern United States have yellow eyes. The barred owl lives about 10 to 12 years in the wild.[1]

Habitat[change | change source]

The barred owl lives in the woods across the eastern United States, southern Canada and Alaska. They sometimes migrate to Central America in the winter.[1][2] The great horned owl is the only predator of the barred owl.[1]

Reproduction[change | change source]

The barred owl makes nests on tree limbs and are usually near ponds or lakes. They may use nests that have been left by other animals. They can lay 1 to 5 eggs. Eggs hatch in 28 days and the young begin to fly 42 days later.[3]

Diet[change | change source]

The barred owl eats rabbits, squirrels, bats, snakes, and small insects.[2] They are able to find food from a far distance from its great hearing sense. They can also hunt fish.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Corbett, Lori; Denny Rogers (2008). The Illustrated Owl: Barn, Barred, & Great Horned: The Ultimate Reference Guide for Bird Lovers, Woodcarvers, and Artists. The Denny Rogers Visual Reference series (illustrated ed.). Fox Chapel Publishing. pp. 84. ISBN 1565233131.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Barred Owl". National Geographic Society. 2006. http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/birding/barred-owl. Retrieved 2010-11-27.
  3. Corbett, Lori; Denny Rogers (2008). The Illustrated Owl: Barn, Barred, & Great Horned: The Ultimate Reference Guide for Bird Lovers, Woodcarvers, and Artists. The Denny Rogers Visual Reference series (illustrated ed.). Fox Chapel Publishing. pp. 85. ISBN 1565233131.

Other websites[change | change source]

Wikimedia Commons For more multimedia, go to Strix varia.
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