Barred Owl facts
Barred Owls- typically live in heavily wooded areas close to water with either broadleaf or coniferous (needle like leaves) trees that are large enough in diameter they can be used as nest site.
They are named for their patterns, the chest which is cream-colored with brown barring, the neck and wing have transverse barring and the belly contains vertical brown streaks. Barred owl females are larger than males and both typically live 14-16 years. Barred Owls can reach 20” in height with a wing span of 4 feet; they have a hooked bill and string yellow talons to catch their prey with.
Barred owls mate in the late winter and begin with calling. Once they have responded to each other, they will perform a ceremonial type dance, bowing and nodding their heads while spreading their wings. Once they have mated, they are together for life and will find each other every year to mate. Barred owls generally nest in tree cavities or nests that have been abandoned by other animals such as hawks, crow or squirrels and since they are non migratory they will usually return to the same nest each year. The female will lay 2-4 eggs in early January in the south or mid April in the north and she will do most if not all of the incubation. The eggs will hatch in approximately 28 days and the young will be able to fly and hunt on their own in just 6-8 weeks after hatching,
In the wild their natural diet consists mostly of rodents, but they will also eat birds, chipmunks, frogs, small rabbits and will even go into the water to catch fish. They usually sleep in the day and do the hunting at night with their extraordinary night vision and excellent hearing. Barred Owls will swallow their smaller prey whole digesting the soft parts and regurgitating what is left.
Migratory Bird Act
Endangered Species Acthttp://www.fws.gov/endangered/