Barred Owl

About the Barred Owl

Also known as: Wood Owl, Striped Owl, Hoot Owl, Eight Hooter, Rain Owl

The Barred Owl is a large species of owl that lives across Canada, eastern United States and south into Central America. They are tuftless and have a pale face with dark rings around the eyes, dark eyes and a yellow beak. They are named for the bars on their bodies, which are horizontal across the upper chest and vertical across the lower chest.

Barred Owls prefer to nest in deep moist forests and wooded swamps. They are a highly vocal species. One part of their vocalization is said to sound like they are asking a funny question: Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you all?

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 02 December 2009
Scientific Name
Strix varia
  • Strigiformes
  • Strigidae
  • Strix
  • S. varia
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 20 March 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
17 to 20 inches
40 to 50 inches

International Names

Chinese (汉语) 横斑林鸮
Czech (Cesky) Puštík Proužkovaný
Danish (Dansk) Båndet Natugle
Dutch (Nederlands) Gestreepte Bosuil
Finnish (Suomi) Amerikanviirupöllö
French (Français) Chouette Rayée
German (Deutsch) Streifenkauz
Italian (Italiano) Allocco Barrato
Japanese (日本語) アメリカフクロウ (Amerikafukurou)
Polish (Polski) Puszczyk Kreskowany
Russian (русский язык) Неясыть полосатая
Spanish (Español) Cárabo Norteamericano
Swedish (Svenska) Kråsuggla
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