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Barred Owl

Chouette rayée

Strix varia


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Life, Habitat & Pictures of the Barred Owl

B L W W W Family Latin Name
21" 53.34cm 42" 106.68cm 1.6 lb 0.726kg Strigidae Strix varia

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Barred Owl

Distribution: The Barred Owl is one of the larger owls seen in North America. It has a very recognizable call that might be heard at night from across a lake, that might be situated in a forest, or while sitting out at night close to a wooded area. The call sounds like "Who, who cooks for you?" and is repeated over and over. It is seen from Nova Scotia, through Quebec and Ontario, around the Great Lakes, streaming across the prairie provinces, all of British Columbia and the northwest corner states. It covers the eastern half of the US states to the tip of Florida, westward into the eastern half of Texas.




References to Other Bird Sites:

Avibase - the world bird database

ABA - American Birding Association

AOS - The American Ornitholgy Society

ABC - American Bird Conservancy

eBird - TheCornellLab of Ornithology

NA - National Geographic

NAC - National Audubon Society


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