Barred Owl

photo by Phil Swanson

Strix varia
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.

barred owl
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.

Barred Owl - photo by Phil Swanson
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