Barred Owl

Scientific Name: 
Strix varia
Bat Habitat Range
Barred owls can be found through- out the eastern and southeastern US and have expanded their range into western and southwestern Canada, along the west coast to northern California.
Heavily wooded areas near water, and wooded swamps. They require dense foliage for daytime roosting, and large trees with cavities for nesting.
The longest recorded age of a barred owl in the wild is 18 years.
Barred owls prefer mice, but will also eat small mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, and insects. Primarily active at night, hunting during the day can be seen on dark cloudy days or in mating season. 
Barred Owls begin courtship activities in February with nesting occurring March to April. Barred owls mate for life, but live alone for most of the year. Mated pairs typically live in adjoining home ranges and only live in family groups during the breeding season until the young leave the nest.
Weight: 1-3 pounds, females are 10-20% larger than males. Wingspan: 40-50 in. Barred owls have brown eyes, unlike most owls which have yellow eyes. Did you know... All owls are protected by state and federal regulations. It is illegal to capture or kill an owl; it is also illegal to possess an owl, living or dead, without the proper permits from state governments, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Helps control populations of potential pests such as mice and some insects.
Conservation Status: 
Stable and expanding range into western U.S.
At OBC: 
Sam was transferred to OBC in 2010 from the Southeastern Raptor Center Auburn University in Alabama. Sam came to the Raptor Center after suffered a seriously injury from a dog attack when she was a baby.
Adults and fledglings are preyed on by larger owls and hawks; eggs and nestlings may be taken by snakes, opossums, and raccoons.
Put at risk by pesticide use and being killed or injured by cars when hunting low over roadways; helped by the provision of nest boxes.

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