Barred Owl Biology
While other owl species (besides the Spotted Owl) have yellow eyes, Barred Owl eyes are brown.
Measurements & Weights:
Wingspan: 40-50 in. Length: 17-24 in. Tail: 8.5-10 in.
Male: 1.4 lbs.
Female: 1.8 lbs. Females are slightly larger than males.
Appearance for both juvenile and adult is the same once the young shed their down.
Natural History: The Barred Owl gets its name from the horizontal white “bars” splayed across its chest. As a nocturnal creature, the Barred Owl roosts in nests during the day and hunts by night. Tree cavities are their preferred nesting site, and they will often take over those occupied by hawks and other birds, and squirrels. They are a non-migratory bird, and when they find a suitable nest will defend it throughout the year. Their only predator as an adult is the Great Horned Owl, but juveniles are often attacked by cats. Reproduction and
They have a life span of 10 years in the wild, but can live up to 32 years in captivity.