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The Barred Owl is an owl with one of the largest ranges and stablest populations in North America. Due to their large niche, non-specific diet, and aggressive no-fear attitude, they often thrive even in urban areas and are hence under less threat due to habitat loss.
The Barred Owl is often confused with the critically endangered Spotted Owl, and is often blamed in part for the Spotted Owl's low population numbers. The Barred Owl is also sometimes known as the Hoot Owl, the Eight Hooter, the Rain Owl, the Wood Owl, or the Striped Owl.