Barred Owl

(Hoot Owl)

Order: Strigiformes
Family: Strigidae
Genus: Strix
Species: varia

La. strix, strigis  owl
La. forma  form, shape, kind
La. varius  variegated, multi-colored

Barred Owl, Allan Brooks, Birds of Canada, P.A. Taverner, 1934


Twenty inches long. Upper parts gray or gray brown with buff white bars. Cinnamon brown wings and tail barred with white. White underside with breast barred and belly streaked. Black eyes.

One of the most common of the larger owls in eastern North America and as far west as British Columbia in Canada.

USGS Barred Owl Map

Nests in natural or abandoned tree cavities, abandoned crow or hawk nests.  Often nests in the same hole for many years.

Lays two to four white eggs which hatch after about four or five weeks incubation and young leave the nest in about another six weeks.

Hunt mostly for mice and other small mammals, also reptiles, fish, crawfish, birds and insects.

Hoot with an almost human like deep-toned voice sometimes in concert usually at the beginning of the night and again before dawn, although they may call throughout a moonlit night. They readily respond to an imitation of their call, try it.

The Barred Owl Nestbox has a 12" by 12" floor, 24" inside ceiling, 6" diameter entrance hole located 18" above the floor and ventilation openings.   Assemble with corrosion resistant screws and fit to pre-drilled countersunk pilot holes. Hinged roof is secured with shutter hooks for easy access.

Barred Owl Woodworking Birdhouse Plans
Barred Owl Nestbox Plans

Mount 15 to 30 feet high in forested bottomlands or near flooded river valleys or swamps (not in clearings). Place some wood chips on the floor. Squirrels may use this box.


Barred Owl, F.C.Hennessey, Birds of Western Canada, P.A.Taverner, 1926

F. C. Hennessey



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