Barred Owl

Barred owl
Barred owl. Image by Dawn Huddlestone from Pixabay
AppearanceBarred owls are large birds about 21″ long. They have large round faces with dark eyes and yellow bills. They’re primarily brown with white spots on the upperparts and tan underneath with dark brown streaks.
DietAs a bird of prey, barred owls eat small mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and large insects.
Feeder FoodBarred owls do not visit feeders.
HabitatMature forests, especially along side water sources like rivers and swamps in their southern range.
NestingThey nest in a natural tree cavity, often the reused nest of another large bird such as a hawk. They 1 brood/season, 2-3 eggs/brood that are white with a rough surface, and incubate for 28-33 days. The fledglings leave the nest about 28-35 days after hatching.

Range Map

Barred owl range map.
Barred owl range map. Compliments of The Cornell Lab.