The brown-eyed Barred Owl is
quite large (18-22 inches). It is found in the deep woods of
the eastern United States, especially in river valleys, and also
across Canada as far as the West Coast.
The Barred Owl has dark
barring across its chest and vertical streaks on its belly.
It makes its home in the cavity of a tree or stump, and uses an
old nest of a hawk or squirrel to lay its eggs. The Barred
Owl typically lays between 1 to 4 white eggs.
You may hear the Barred Owl
in the late afternoon. It gives a varied series of barking
hoots that sound like: Who cooks for-you? Who cooks
If you are
fortunate enough to find them roosting during the day, they can be
remarkably tame, and usually allow you to come quite close.
The western counterpart of
the Barred Owl is the Spotted Owl. The Spotted Owl measures
between 17-19 inches. It also gives a varied series of
barking hoots which sound like: Who, cooks for, you-OU?