Are they endangered?
They are not endangered worldwide. (IUCN Red List: least
What are their
To keep Barred Owls in the area, there must be forests and open
fields. The Barred Owl likes older trees so, if the trees
aren’t protected, the owl has no place to live.
What do they look
They have black eyes and a yellow
beak. The back of the bird is
dark brown with white spots. The belly is white with streaks of
How big are they?
Barred Owls are between 17 and 24 inches long. If their wings
were stretched out—like in flying—they would be about 50-60
How many eggs do they
Females lay 2-3 white eggs once a year. The eggs hatch in a
How long do the
fledglings stay in the nest?
These birds, like many birds of prey, like to use nests that
other birds don’t use anymore. The young birds (owlets) stay in
the nest for 6 weeks.
When do they hunt?
They hunt at night and at twilight. They hunt during the day
What do they eat?
They like lizards, small mammals like , snakes, frogs, big
insects, and crabs.
Where do they live?
Barred Owls live in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
What kind of place do
they like to live in?
They like river areas, woods, swampy areas, and forests where
there are pine trees.
These birds scare easily and fly away right away when
other creatures come close to them.
If their prey is in the water, they will walk in to get
These birds don’t migrate.
Of all the owls there are only a few that have dark
eyes. This owl is one of the ones that have dark eyes.
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Washington, D.C.: National Geographic, 2006.
Alsop, Fred. Birds of North America. New York: DK