- Strix varia
- Length 48-51 cm, wingspan 107-111 cm, weight 630-800 g
- Adult shows pale face, dark rings around the eyes, yellow beak, brown eyes, no ear tufts, upper parts mottled grey-brown, light underparts with dark markings which are mainly vertical, legs and feet covered in feathers up to the talons.
- Fledglings are downy like in most owls; older fledglings shows horizontal markings on breast, opposite of what is shown in adults.
Resident from Minnesota south to eastern Texas and east to New Brunswick and Nova Scotia south to Florida. Also in central Canada west to British Columbia and in northern Washington and Idaho.
Cinereous Owl was formerly included in this species.
Polytypic. Three subspecies are recognized:
- S. v. varia:
- S. v. georgica:
- S. v. helveola:
- South-central Texas
Forests or suburban areas.
They nest in a tree cavity; 2 to 4 eggs are laid and incubated by the female for about 4 weeks. The young fledge after a further four to five weeks.
The diet includes mainly mice, but also rabbits, chipmunks, foxes, opossums, birds such as grouse and doves.
A series of deep hoots that sound very similar to Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you, all?
Young birds give a loud shrieking
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
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- Howell & Webb, 1995. A guide to the birds of Mexico and northern Central America. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0198540124
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2023) Barred Owl. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 7 June 2023 from https://www.birdforum.net/opus/Barred_Owl
GSearch checked for 2020 platform.