|A Barred Owl on show at Arizona Renaissance Festival, Apache Junction, Arizona, USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Barred Owls are large, stocky owls with rounded heads, no ear tufts, and medium length, rounded tails. Their feathers are mottled brown and white overall. The underparts are mostly marked with vertical brown bars on a white background, while the upper breast is crossed with horizontal brown bars. The wings and tail are barred brown and white. Their eyes are dark brown, almost black.
Barred Owls roost quietly in forest trees during the day, though they can be heard calling in daylight hours. At night they hunt small animals, especially rodents, and give an instantly recognizable “Who cooks for you?” call.
Barred Owls live in large, mature forests made up of both deciduous trees and evergreens, often near water. They nest in tree cavities. In the Northwest, Barred Owls have moved into old-growth coniferous forest, where they compete with the threatened Spotted Owl. More aggressive than Spotted Owls, Barred Owls are suspected to be driving Spotted Owls from the old growth habitat.