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Barred Owl - (Strix varia) 



  • Large owl with round head shape, dark eyes
  • Vertical bars on belly
  • Brown or grey coloring, mottled
  • 21" (53 cm.)


  • Woodland, often near water

Additional Information

  • Fairly common resident
  • Very vocal with wide repertoire of calls
  • Common call - "who cooks for you"
  • Nocturnal but sometimes calls in daytime
  • Nests in tree cavities
  • Breeding season in early spring

Close Up of a barred owl

Barred Owl perched in branch 


Kickapoo Valley Reserve | S3661 State Highway 131 | La Farge, Wisconsin 54639 
Phone: 608-625-2960 | FAX: 608-625-2962

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