Barred owl


The barred owl is a large owl commonly found in eastern North America.

Barred owl
Scientific classification
Binomial name
Strix varia
Barton, 1799


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]


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]


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.[1]


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]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 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. 84/5. ISBN 1565233131.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Barred Owl". National Geographic Society. 2006. Retrieved 2010-11-27.