Wolf Run Studio - Birds
Bill Harrah
Wolf Run Studio
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. . . BIRDS OF PREY . . . (Click on an image to see the actual notecard size)
#BDL-400 Notecards
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#LE-BDL-400 Limited Edition Print

“Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you all?” If you hear a loud call that sounds like that late at night, especially in a wooded swamp or a forest, you’re near a barred owl. And if you’re fortunate enough to spot this owl in the moonlight, you’ll see its big head twist and bob throughout each refrain.

When the barred owl is not asking about your dinner, it’s usually searching for its own meal. The barred owl will eat just about any small animal it can handle with its relatively weak talons - mice, squirrels, rabbits, crayfish, frogs and birds, notably screech owls. When this sharp-eyed predator finishes hunting as dawn approaches, the red-shoulder hawks that share the habitat take over.

The barred owl also may use the same nests as these hawks, with nest sites often alternating between the two species on succeeding years. Sometimes the barred owl takes over nests vacated by crows or squirrels. Or it will settle for a tree hollow. Clearly, this owl will go to great lengths to avoid building its own nest for its two or three owlets.

The 17- to 24-inch barred owl is usually gray-brown with white horizontal barring on the chest and vertical barring on the belly. Like the barn owl, it has brown eyes, distinguishing it from other owls, which have yellow eyes.

Normally found from southern Canada to Honduras, the barred owl is one of the most commonly seen east of the Rocky Mountains. Lately it has been expanding its range westward, causing concern that it may compete with the endangered spotted owl.

Text © 1997 Terry White, Drawing © 1997 Bill Harrah

Barred Owl pencil drawing


    Barred Owl
    Limited Edition Print
    Issue Date: 03/2002
    Edition Size: 500
    Image: 6.5” x 8.25”
    Paper: 8.5” x 11”
    Mat: 11” x 14”
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Information Accuracy
The information for the written description of each bird has been carefully researched by the authors and is believed to be accurate. New scientific observations, however, could make some information out-of-date. If you are a professional ornithologist, and have new information that you are willing to share, please contact Dianne Harrah .