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 barred owl

Scientific name: Strix varia

Habitat: wet forests, wooded swamps

Diet: small mammals, reptiles, amphibians, other birds

Life span: 10 years (23 in captivity)

Young:  2-4 eggs/clutch

Size: female 779 g (1.7 lbs); male 617 g (1.3 lbs)

A barred owl's right ear is higher than its left ear. Hearing from 2 different angles helps it pinpoint the location of prey.

Barred owls are the only owls in Alberta that have dark eyes; all other owls have yellow eyes.

The barred owl's call sounds like "who-cooks-for-you? Who-cooks-for-you-alllllll?"

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Barred owl on Animal Diversity Web


Range: North America

Status in the Wild

Status: thriving

For More Information

Edmonton Valley Zoo

13315 Buena Vista Road (87th Avenue)
PO Box 2359
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2R7


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