Barred owl skull – Strix varia

Barred owl skull, Strix varia

Scratchboard illustration of a barred owl skull. Strix varia species.

The barred owl (Strix varia), also known as the northern barred owlstriped owl or, more informally, hoot owl, is a North American large species of owl. A member of the true owl family, Strigidae, they belong to the genus Strix.

Mature forests are their preferred habitat, but they can also acclimate to various gradients of open woodlands. Their diet consists mainly of small mammals, but this species is an opportunistic predator and is known to prey upon other small vertebrates such as birds, reptiles, and amphibians, as well as a variety of invertebrates.

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