Barred Owl

3.5" x 5.5" (9 x 14 cm)
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No. 17 Barred Owl Lengh 20 inches The Barred Owl and its relative, the Great Horned Owl, are the two specis which are generally spoken of without discrimination as "Hoot Owls". While both birds "hoot", even the most casual observer will find no difficulty in distingushing the two by their notes alone. The "hoot" of the Great Horned Owl is a monotone while that of the Barred Owl is varied and full of modulations; at times even reminding one of a sort of wild, demoniacal laughter. The present species, unlike the Great Horned Owl, has a facial disc unrelieved by ear-tufts. The Barred Owl must be regarded, on the whole, as beneficial, although it occasionally catches poultry and birds. "Of 109 stomachs examined, 5 containedpoulty or game; 13, other birds; 46, mice; 1, other mammals; 4, frogs; 1, a lizard; 2, fish; 14, insects; 2, spiders; 9, crawfish; and 20 were empty." (Fisher.) The Barred Owl is preeminently a bird of deep swamps and heavy woodlands. The nest is usually in a hollow tree, although now and then in an old Crow's or Hawk's nest. From two to four white eggs are laid. Classification: Order Raptores, Family Strigidae. Scientific name: Strix varia. Range: Throughout eastern North America from Manitoba and Nova Scotia to the Gulf of Mexico

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