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Bird of prey

Barred Owl

Strix Varia

The Barred owl is easy to recognize!
barred owl
Gray striped plumage
Large brown eyes
Yellow hooked beak
Round head
Feathers right to the end of its talons
Fact sheet
Physical capacities
The Pavarotti of owls!
close-up of the Barred Owl
View on back
Physical capacities
That's right! I sing, I shout, I whistle! I don't want intruders in our home, so I watch my territory. If I meet a fellow bird, I become even more talkative.
Habitat
This is my turf!
Barred owl in the snow
View on back
Habitat
I am quite attached to my territory. I occupy it throughout the year; there is no question of migrating south for the winter. When my young leave the nest at the end of the summer, they better find a corner of their own. They’re certainly not spending the winter with me!
Habitat
Quite the interior designer!
side profile of the Barred owl
View on back
Habitat
To nest I find deep cavities in the trees but I don’t dig them myself, I use the holes left by woodpeckers or I nest at the top of a rotten tree. I also sometimes settle in the empty nests left vacant by squirrels or crows. A little cleaning and you're done!
barred owl
A distinction without a difference!

Sometimes language can be complicated! Among diurnal raptors francophones differentiate “hiboux” and “chouettes”. The “hiboux” have feathered ear tufts that protrude above their head while “chouettes” like me don’t, leaving only a round head. Beautiful look don’t you think? But in the English language we are all just “owls”.

barred owl
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