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Barred Owl, Strix varia
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Barred Owls

Strix varia

"Who cooks for yo-o-o-o-o-o-u?" The trilling, melodious and haunting call of the Barred Owl is heard in December throughout our forests as the owls pair off in preparation for courtship and mating.

Barred Owls are one of the numerous species that have adapted well to the disturbance and turmoil our civilization inflicts on nature. With a broad ecological amplitude (meaning that they can live almost anywhere) these medium-sized owls make their living picking off mice and other small mammals living in forests and forest-margins. This is one of the few owl calls that can be heard in towns and cities.

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