photo by Phil Swanson
L 21″ (53 cm).
Song or calls:
Series of loud hoots likened to “who-cooks-for-you, who-cooks-for-you-all.”
Description: Sexes similar. A chunky owl. Dark eyes; dark barring on upper breast; and dark streaking below. Brown overall, with a yellow bill and facial disk outlined in black. No ear tufts.
Habitat: Dense coniferous or mixed woods of river bottoms and swamps. Also occurs in upland woods. Chiefly nocturnal; the daytime roost is well hidden.
Where in Nebraska: Uncommon permanent resident and breeder in the east, becoming rare or absent in western Nebraska.
Fun Facts: While most owls have yellow eyes, Barred Owls have brown eyes.