The Barred Owl is a large gray-brown and white bird with a round head and no ear tufts. It is sometimes called the laughing owl due to its many vocalizations.
Barred owls eat: Small mammals, rabbits, birds, amphibians, reptiles, and invertebrates.
The Barred Owl is familiar for its distinctive "who-cooks-for-you, who-cooks-for-you-all" hooting. They are known to wade in water to catch crayfish.
DID YOU KNOW:
The belly feathers of some Barred Owls are pink. This coloring may be the result of eating a lot of crayfish. Barred Owl populations have expanded westward in the last century. The more aggressive Barred Owl may displace the endangered Spotted Owl.