Barred Owl

A barred owl sits on a rock at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas.

Animal's Behavior
The Barred Owl’s (Strix varia) characteristic call, “Who cooks for you?”, is a commonly heard sound in old forests and southern swamps. Barred owls typically inhabit mature forests made up of both deciduous trees and evergreens, especially near water. They prefer woodlands which include trees of a large enough diameter that can be used as nest sites. Barred owls are large owls with round heads and dark eyes. They are named for the plumage pattern on their chests which is cream-colored with brown barring.

39 - 43.3 inches

Eating Habits
Many kinds of small animals, including squirrels, chipmunks, mice, voles, rabbits, birds, amphibians, reptiles, and invertebrates.

Conservation Efforts
Barred Owls are classed as least concern by the ICUN. Nesting in old growth trees, Barred Owls are extremely sensitive to the expansion of logging. This sensitivity means that Barred Owls are commonly used as an indicator species for managing forests.

Animal Facts
The Barred Owl at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is named Frosty. Frosty can be found in the Mississippi River Gallery above the Gulf Shores exhibit. Sometimes if guests play the Barred Owl call on the bird identification kiosk, Frosty will hoot back.