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Perched in a tree, the barred owl scans the forest floor for small creatures. Large, forward-facing eyes equip the owl with exceptional vision and an acute ability to judge distances. Soft, fringed feathers silent the owl’s flight as it swoops down to catch its unsuspecting prey.

barred owl in a tree

Did You Know?

Hoot Owl: Defending its territory or advertising for a mate, a barred owl hoots: Who-cooks-for-you, who-cooks-for-you-all.

Quick Facts

Latin Name:
Strix varia

North America


1.4 to 1.6 ft

More than 20 yrs