Barred Owl

Strix varia


Length: Between 17 and 20 inches.

Weight: One to two pounds.

Color: The barred owl is a medium-sized grayish-brown bird of prey that has a dark ring around its face. It looks similar to a great horned owl, but it is slightly smaller and has no ear tufts. Also, barred owls have dark eyes. All other Minnesota owls have yellow eyes.

Sounds: who cooks for you, who cooks for you-all


Range: Dense forested areas, including swamps.

Diet: Barred owls eat mice, squirrels, rabbits, birds, frogs, fish and crayfish.

Status: Minnesota's barred owl population appears to be stable. Like all owls, the barred owl is a nongame bird, which means it can't be legally hunted or trapped. Still, some are hunted and trapped illegally.

Life Cycle

Reproduction: Barred owls begin nesting in March. They nest in hollow trees, in abandoned nests of other animals or in nest boxes. The female lays two or three white eggs, which hatch in 28 to 33 days. The newly hatched young are covered with fine white down. Young barred owls leave the nest four to five weeks after hatching.

Adaptations: A barred owl's right ear is higher than its left ear. Strigidae= true owls, 189 species and 25 genera, found on every continent except Antarctica, Strix=earless owls