barred owl (Strix varia)
CONFIRMATION STATUS: Confirmed.
Length: 17 inches Wingspan: 44 inches
Rather large owl
Dark eyes and yellow bill
Back brown, mottled with pale spots and dark bars
Underparts pale with long, brown streaks
Chest pale with brown barring
Face pale with dark concentric rings surrounding eye
The spotted owl is most similar, but can be separated with attention to
its barred, not streaked, underpart coloration. Short-eared owl is similar
in size, but is not barred on the chest nor is as heavily streaked below,
does not share the concentric rings in the facial disks, has yellow eyes
and a dark bill, and is found in quite different habitat. Great gray owl
is superficially similar, but much larger, gray rather than brown below,
and has differently patterned underparts.
Migration Status: Permanent resident
Breeding Habitat: Woodland
Nest Location: N/A
Nest Type: Cavity
Clutch Size: 2-3
Length of Incubation: 28-33 days
Days to Fledge: 42
Number of Broods: 1
Diet: Mostly small mammals; lesser quantities of birds
SKY MEADOWS DISTRIBUTION/SEASONAL OCCURRENCE
Relative abundance and seasonal occurrence are indicated in red below.
C - Common: Likely to be present in good numbers in appropriate habitat and season.
U - Uncommon: May be present in appropriate habitat and season, often in low
O - Occassional: Found in appropriate habitat perhaps only a few times per season,
sometimes low numbers.
R - Rare: May not be recorded every year.
Acc - Accidental: Recorded once or twice, may not be expected again for a long time.
Sp - Spring: March, April, May U
Su - Summer: June, July, August U
Fall: September, October, November U
Winter: December, January, February U
Crooked Run Valley