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Barred Owl
Strix varia

Owls
Typical-Owl Family (Strigidae)

Size: Length: 43-61 cm Wingspan: 102-127 cm

Description: This year-round resident is uncommon in the Rockies. It has dark eyes surrounded by exceedingly prominent facial disks. The light coloured disks cover most of the front of the face, and are trimmed with black. The rest of the head is speckled brown with white. The neck is light with brown horizontal bands while the breast is light with vertical banding. The back is brown with white mottling. The banded tail is short. The call is easily imitated, and the owl respond with a low hoot, often described as "who cooks for you…who cooks for you". The call may also consist of a short sequence of only a few notes. They feed on small mammals and birds and normally nest in abandoned woodpecker holes, but may take advantage of old hawk or crow nests.

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