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Barred Owl

Barred Owl

Strix varia

This large brown-eyed owl has a horzontal barred pattern on the neck/chest area, whereas the belly is streaked vertically. Unlike several other Salt Spring owls, it lacks ear tufts. The Barred Owl is a recent immigrant and is blamed for a decline in populations of the western screech owl, on which it preys. Barred owls nest in tree cavities and feed extensively on mice and other small rodents. This owl tends to avoid habitat occupied by the great horned owl.


Photo by Denis-Carl Robidoux

Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology: Barred Owl Profile and Call

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