Rutland Falconry and Owl Centre
Rutland Falconry & Owl Centre
Barred Owl


An all-gray owl (although some individuals have a
brown wash) streaked with white horizontal barring
on the chest and vertical barring on the belly. It has a yellow beak and no tufts on the head. Its brown eyes distinguish it from the great gray owl.

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Found in the United States and southern Canada east of the Rocky mountains, although it has been recently expanding its range westward. This is causing concern, as it may compete with the endangered spotted owl.


A woodland owl, associated with flood plains, river bottoms, and lake margins.


A cavity nesting owl that will also nest in old crow or hawk nests or human-made structures.


Barred owls feed on a variety of prey, including rodents, squirrels, rabbits, birds, and crustaceans.