Barred Owl (Strix varia)

Order: Strigiformes
Family: Strigidae
Genus: Strix
Species: varia


This bird has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Auburn, Alabama
Fairhope, Alabama
Tuscumbia, Alabama
Alford, Florida
Brandon, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida
Canton, Georgia
Anna, Illinois
Coatesville, Indiana
Logansport, Indiana
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
West Des Moines, Iowa
Benton, Kentucky
Fort Thomas, Kentucky
New Orleans, Louisiana
Vacherie, Louisiana
Oakland, Maryland
Cole Camp, Missouri
Kansas City, Missouri
Charlotte, North Carolina (2 reports)
Summerville, South Carolina
Clarksville, Tennessee
Memphis, Tennessee
Brenham, Texas
Cedar Creek, Texas
Dayton, Texas
Houston, Texas
Walkerton, Virginia
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Members' Notes:


On Sep 25, 2018, herbfan4 from Fort Thomas, KY wrote:

I love 'my' barred owl that perched in my locust tree out back until a storm blew the tree down a few years ago. I still hear his call at 3:30 am ('cuz how can you miss it), but he's not as close:(


On Jan 11, 2011, Mila1 from Memphis, TN (Zone 7b) wrote:

Apparently baby owls often fall out of their nest. If you know where the nest is, place the bird on that tree and it should climb back up. The ones I found were very young, nowhere near the nest and almost ended up as someone's dinner. Raptors are protected species in my state, so any vet will take them and send them to a sanctuary where they will be taught to fly and released into the wild.

They have very sharp claws, but the baby owls I handled were not at all upset with me for picking them up. They were very friendly and just as curious about me as I was about them!