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Barred Owl

Strix varia


The Barred Owl (Strix varia) is a large typical owl native to North America. It goes by many other names, including Eight Hooter, Rain Owl, Wood Owl, and Striped Owl, but is probably best known as the Hoot Owl based on its call.

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AnnalisaD 8 years ago

Cool thanks again Christy!

ChristyHolland 8 years ago

Barred owls are similar in look between sexes...however, the female is generally larger than the male...this is pretty standard in the raptor world. If you just see one, it's pretty hard to tell...If you see a pair together, you may be able to tell which is which.

AnnalisaD 8 years ago

Thanks Christy...I've added it! I wonder how do you determine if the owl is male or female? Are they like most birds where they are distinctly different?

ChristyHolland 8 years ago

Wonderful capture!! I'd love you to add this to the mission Raptors of North America:

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Whitby, Ontario, Canada

Spotted on Jan 18, 2013
Submitted on Jan 18, 2013


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