Barred Owl

Adult Barred Owl

Baby Barred Owl

Photos: Erich Neupert


Barred Owl
Strix varia

The Barred Owl is a permanent resident of north Texas.   In the fall and winter they become much more vocal which makes them easy to locate and identify.

Species information:

Length:           21”
Wingspan:      42”
Weight:         1.4 – 2.0 lbs

Plumage: Adults have vertical dark brown bars on their chest. Wings and tail are mottled brown and white. The face is quite distinguishing with a large facial dish and black eyes.

Habitat: Found in wooded areas.

Flight: Perch and pounce hunters.  Strong, consistent wing beats and the head facing forward looks flat.   A very stocky-looking bird.

Vocalization: Loud “Who cooks for you, who cooks for you-aalllllll’ with the last note descending in tone. Two or three may hoot at the same time with various barking-like sounds as well as the call.

Food: Rodents, amphibians, even crayfish.

Nesting: Found in the cavities of trees. Occasionally they will use nest boxes 20 ft. up. They usually lay 2-3 eggs that are incubated for about 30 days.  Young fledge in about 6 weeks.