Barred Owl (Strix varia) - HBW 5, p. 199
French: Chouette rayée
Spanish: Cárabo Norteamericano
Other common names: Northern Barred Owl
Taxonomy: Strix varius Barton, 1799, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
May form superspecies with S. fulvescens, possibly also including S. occidentalis. Has at times been considered conspecific with S. fulvescens, but bigger than nearby populations of latter and with different vocalizations. S. occidentalis in Mexico. Four subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- varia Barton, 1799 - from SE Alaska (possibly) and SW Canada S to N California, E to Nova Scotia, and C & E USA (S to N Texas and North Carolina).
- helveola (Bangs, 1899) - Texas.
- georgica Latham, 1801 - SE USA.
- sartorii (Ridgway, 1874) - mountains of C Mexico (Durango to Oaxaca).
- Least Concern Enlarge map
A bird in a tree by day, looking to the camera Locality Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada (ssp varia)
David Quinn 31 October 1997 6 years ago 17 sec 4.1
Two birds perched on a trunk. Locality Dallas World Aquarium, Dallas, Texas, USA (United States)
Josep del Hoyo 17 June 2012 2 years ago 35 sec 4
A perched bird Locality Bronx Zoo, New York City, New York, USA (United States)
Josep del Hoyo 29 June 2005 7 years ago 23 sec 2.9
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A Barred Owl settling down late morning
Locality Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA (United States)
Justin Watts 1 February 2014 32 weeks ago 4.6
Barred Owl perched on the ledge of my house
Locality Texas, USA (United States)
Patrick Dolan 12 March 2007 1 year ago 4.5
Gone to ground from tree perch.
Locality University of Guelph Arboretum, Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Ian Barker 12 January 2013 1 year ago 4.5
I spotted this guy hunting a squirrel but lost sight of him when he dove into a thicket, I found him about an hour later roostin
Locality Victoria, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada (ssp varia)
Keith MacDonald 23 January 2012 2 years ago 4.5
A Barred Owl yawns.
Locality George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary, British Columbia, Canada
JimBachman 19 November 2011 41 weeks ago 4.1
Individual roosting on branch.
Locality Cranberry Marsh, Lynde Shores Conservation Area, Ontario, Canada (ssp varia)
Miriam Bauman 6 February 2005 3 years ago 4.1