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Barred Owl Facts

Photo by Stephanie LeBlanc on Unsplash Barred Owls
Photo by Stephanie LeBlanc on Unsplash

Barred Owls have a rich baritone sound, often heard in southern swamps, calling to each other in the pleasant noises of friendship.

Nightly, hunting and calling is most frequent, but these owls may also be around during the day, especially at dawn and dusk when food may be more likely found.

The Great Horned Owl, being a larger owl and a bit more aggressive, their territory may encourage the Barred Owl’s movement away from open wooded areas.
Mice and small creatures, including squirrels, rabbits, opossums, shrews are fair game to owls; And just in case you didn’t know, they also may eat birds, frogs, salamanders, snakes, lizards, some insects and crayfish, crabs, and fish.

Nesting is established with both male and female, a duet of sorts, sometimes in old nests left by other creatures and perhaps alternating nests with some hawks. Mother owls stay in the nest with the eggs and the male takes care of the female and the young start flight at about 6 weeks old.

Source: Audubon.org

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24 thoughts on “Barred Owl Facts”

  1. We have tons of night sounds living were we do. Some woodsy and some city. Very wooded area in a suburb.

    Thanks for the information. I know WHOO is out there now!!

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  2. This was great! I love the picture. Owls are such amazing creatures. I’ve only seen one close up and that was purely by accident. It was around dusk. We were walking under our huge live oak in side our front yard close to dusk. This tree had enormous branches and there, blending in so perfectly was an owl! It was the closest I’ve ever been to one. After he flew off, we never saw him again.
    This was quite informative and thank you for including an audio clip 😀

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  3. An informative six about these wonderful birds. The vocals of the barred owl are low and deep compared to the ones by me. You can hear ours calling at night but at a higher and longer pitch, and often see them flying past street lights, or lucky for me twice now perched on the boughs of the oak in front of my terrace.

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  4. What an enjoyable and informative SSS! I have been fortunate to see a number of owls in the great outdoors (not in an aviary) throughout the years. It is always exciting to spot them.

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  5. Love learning new things. I once had a huge owl (no clue what kind) swoop down onto my porch. I looked out the window and I couldn’t move until he or she left a good 1/2 hour later. I was mesmerized. Cool six!

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