- Wild: 20 to 25 years
- Height: 17" to 20" with a 3.5 to 4 foot wing span.
- Weight: 1 - 2 pounds.
- North America
- The barred owl prefers extensive mature deciduous forests, such as river bottomlands, northern hardwoods, and oak-hickory forests, but is also found in mixed conifer-deciduous forests and less commonly in spruce-fir forests.
- Wild: Small mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates. The barred owl is undoubtedly an opportunistic feeder, taking whatever is available.
- Zoo: Frozen thawed rats
Barred owls begin nesting in March. They nest in hollow trees, in abandoned nests of other animals or in nest boxes.
The female lays two or three white eggs, which hatch in 28 to 33 days.
The newly hatched young are covered with fine white down. Young barred owls leave the nest four to five weeks after hatching.
A barred owl's right ear is higher than its left ear. Hearing from two different angles helps it pinpoint the location of prey.
- The barred owl is very vocal and will call even during the day.
- It has a loud distinctive eight or nine note call which seems to ask Who-cooks-for-you, who-cooks-for-you-all in addition to other shorter calls, squeaks, and grunts.
- Raptors are carnivorous birds that hunt and kill other animals.
- The raptor has talons for seizing prey and a hooked beak for tearing it apart.
- Raptors have keen eyesight and can pick out prey from miles away.
- IUCN: Least Concern
- CITES: Appendix II
CITES Appendices. Accessed December 2012. www.cites.org
IUCN Red List of Endangered Species. Accessed December 2012. www.iucnredlist.org
Barred Owl – National Geographic
Vermont Critter Curriculum – Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department