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What Is A Barred Owl?

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What Is A Barred Owl?

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The Barred Owl, Strix varia, was first documented by Benjamin Smith Barton. These owls are medium-large size, grayish brown, with stripes (bars) on the chest and abdomen. Their heads are round, and these owls are easily recognizable by the round “disk” that surrounds their eyes. Barred Owls have a wingspan of about 38 – 50 inches, and they weigh between one to two and a half pounds, which seems light compared to their size. A Barred Owl’s call sounds like “Who who who whooooo,” or “Who cooks for you?” Barred Owl Behavior Barred Owls are nocturnal but hunt at different times depending on the circumstances. If they are breeding, for example, they may begin hunting just before dark, or if it is cloudy, they may begin hunting earlier. For the most part, Barred Owls feed on small rodents, like the vole, mouse, rat, and rabbits, but they also sometimes consume opossums, weasels, small birds, and so on, as they can be opportunistic when it comes to food. Barred Owls mate for life, and they ra

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