- 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.
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/
- Gill, F. and Donsker, D. (Eds). 2017. IOC World Bird Names (version 7.3). Available at http://www.worldbirdnames.org/.
- König, C. and F. Weick 2008. Owls of the World, second edition. Christopher Helm, London. ISBN 978-0-7136-6548-2
- 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 1 December 2023 from https://www.birdforum.net/opus/Barred_Owl
GSearch checked for 2020 platform.