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Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you all? That is what the 9 syllable hoots of the Barred Owl sound like! While that isn’t really what they are asking, they are a rather vocal bird for sure.
The Barred Owl gets its name because of brown stripes or “bars” across their white chest. Their dark eyes, earless outline and yellow beak & feet are other physical characteristics of this species. Barred Owls can be up to 20 inches tall and have a wingspan up to 43 inches.
Barred Owls live in wooded areas & forests with spaces to fly around. Older trees with big holes offer nesting cavities for these birds. While they are nocturnal like other owl species, Barred Owls may hunt during daylight hours as well. Barred Owl are carnivores and their diets consist of small animals such as mice, birds and rabbits plus some reptiles and amphibians.
Barred Owls are solitary birds who live alone for most of the year, except during breeding season. Look up into the trees on morning or late afternoon hikes at MetroParks of Butler County locations. If you’re lucky enough to see a Barred Owl, snap a photo and tag it with #PixInMPX and #NatureDelivered.
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