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BARRED OWL

BARRED OWLStrix varia

Conservation Status: Low Risk / Least Concern

Common due to their ability to adapt and live with people.

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CLASS

Aves

ORDER

Strigiformes

FAMILY

Strigidae

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General Characteristics:

Color: 

Grey-brown with white edges and a grey-white facial disc

Size:

18.9-20 in

Weight:

1.4-1.8 lbs

Average Lifespan: 

Up to 18 years (most die within the first year)

Captive Lifespan:

Up to 23 years

Distribution:

North America

Habitat:

Forests and woodlands

Reproduction:

Mating: 

December-March

Gestation/Incubation:

28-33 days

Litter/Clutch Size:

1-5 eggs 

Mature: 

2 years

Diet:

Small mammals up to the size of a rabbit, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates

Behavior:

Monogamous; solitary for most of the year, except during the breeding season. Nocturnal hunters. Very vocal species. 

Teaching Facts:

1. Have a 9-syllable call.

2. Cavity nesters, but will also use empty hawk, crow, and squirrell nests.

3. During incubation of eggs, the female incubates while the male hunts for her.