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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