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Northern Barred Owl

Strix varia Barton, 1799

Related taxa:
Partial list of sound recordings available from xeno-canto, macaulaylibrary.org & avocet.zoology.msu.edu.
Species name Recordist Date Location Remarks Cat.nr.
Northern Barred Owl - Strix varia Martin St-Michel 2018-04-10 Stoneham-et-Tewkesbury, La Jacques-Cartier, Québec, Capitale-Nationale: La Jacques-Cartier (Canada) (380 m) song -

Habitat: mature coniferous forest.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:yes

410888
xeno-canto.org
Northern Barred Owl - Strix varia Bates Estabrooks 2016-03-21 Heiskell, Anderson County, Tennessee, Anderson (United States) (300 m) begging call, call -

bird-seen:no

playback-used:no

308017
xeno-canto.org
Northern Barred Owl - Strix varia Tom Forwood Jr. 2015-03-06 Bozeman, Gallatin County, Montana, Gallatin (United States) (1700 m) A duet performing a sort of territorial song/call. Not the typical WHO COOKS FOR -

One shortened interval and some ambient noises removed. Thick Spruce/fir woods, birds changed position once, but were set about 20' up in the canopy. Female only vocalized in response to the male. Rare for location.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:yes

215846
xeno-canto.org
Northern Barred Owl - Strix varia Chris Harrison 2012-01-29 Palmetto State Park, Gonzales, Texas, Gonzales (United States) (100 m) call -

single call

high pass filtered at 500hz

bird-seen:no

playback-used:no

124067
xeno-canto.org
Northern Barred Owl - Strix varia Frank Lambert 2015-06-19 Discovery Park, King Co., WA, King (United States) (110 m) female, male, song -

Pair of birds sitting within 3m of each other, one calling quietly

bird-seen:yes

269159
xeno-canto.org
Barred Owl - Strix varia Daniel Lane 06-05-2011 Sherbourne NWR, Whiskey Bay Rd, Iberville Par., LA, Saint Martin (United States) (4 m) duet (A) - Response to playback from a pair. One of this pair passed overhead six times in response to playback before uttering a sound (the other was not detected until duetting). Perched about 6m up in bottomland forest. 77537
xeno-canto.org
Barred Owl - Strix varia georgica Russ Wigh 2020-02-23 Skidaway Island, Chatham County, GA USA, Chatham (United States) (0 m) adult, call, sex uncertain -

Barred Owl calling from a forest edge on a waste water recycling spray field

bird-seen:no

playback-used:no

569818
xeno-canto.org
Northern Barred Owl - Strix varia Susan Hochgraf 2015-05-14 Trail Wood Sanctuary, Hampton, Windham County, Connecticut, Windham (United States) (160 m) call -

Many birds mobbing and scolding. Owl seen first, playback used later. Perched 30m away, high in deciduous tree. In addition to the prominent background species listed, others heard briefly are Contopus virens (Eastern Wood-Pewee), Pipilo erythrophthalmus (Eastern Towhee), likely Baeolophus bicolor (Tufted Titmouse) which could be the raspy scolding towards end of recording. Just before the final hoot, there is a tiny gap where I edited out some microphone cable noise.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:yes

244531
xeno-canto.org
Barred Owl - Strix varia Niels Krabbe 2018-08-18 Washington: NF317/NF1500, 3 km ENE Rimrock, Yakima (United States) (1100 m) song -

I had played the tape to myself, but thought it was too far away to be heard. It came in, though.

bird-seen:no

playback-used:no

433223
xeno-canto.org
Northern Barred Owl - Strix varia Anthony Gliozzo 2017-05-08 Bow, Skagit County, Washington, Skagit (United States) (30 m) call, male -

Male calling for the female. In another clip posted a short while ago, she is heard and the duet begins. These are solo calls unedited by the male (2 rounds)

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

368856
xeno-canto.org
Northern Barred Owl - Strix varia Paul Marvin 2014-03-15 Orlando Wetlands, Christmas, Orange County, Florida, Orange (United States) (0 m) call -

bird-seen:no

playback-used:no

172892
xeno-canto.org
Barred Owl - Strix varia Bruce Lagerquist 2018-04-14 Kissimmee Prairie, Okeechobee County, Florida, Okeechobee (United States) (20 m) begging call -

Two fledged owls perched unseen in a grove of live oak trees in a wooded hammock located in a palmetto/grass prairie

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

430015
xeno-canto.org
Barred Owl - Strix varia georgica Russ Wigh 2020-02-09 Skidaway Island, Chatham County, GA USA, Chatham (United States) (0 m) adult, call, dueting, female, male -

Courtship between two Barred Owls, called dueting.

bird-seen:no

playback-used:no

569814
xeno-canto.org
Northern Barred Owl - Strix varia Bruce Lagerquist 2018-04-25 Kissimmee Prairie State Preserve, Okeechobee County, Florida, Okeechobee (United States) (20 m) Caterwaul -

Saw one bird fly to a roost near the second just as it was getting dark when the birds started caterwauling. Habitat was a 'hammock' with palms, live oak, and brush.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

413729
xeno-canto.org
Barred Owl - Strix varia Bruce Lagerquist 2018-09-21 Salmo Divide Trail, Colville National Forest, Pend Oreille Co., Washington, Pend Oreille (United States) (1800 m) call -

Bird gave single call earlier and then flew in after recorded call was played. Habitat was Engelman Spruce, parking lot was flat but their was steep slopes rising from either side.

bird-seen:no

playback-used:yes

436986
xeno-canto.org
Northern Barred Owl - Strix varia Anthony Gliozzo 2017-05-08 Washington (near Bow), Skagit County, Washington, Skagit (United States) (40 m) call, female, male -

For the better part of two weeks and continuously throughout the day and night, a male and female Barred Owl were seen and heard frequently. If unfamiliar, the female has the higher pitched call. From what I understand these are descendants of other Barred Owls that have been on Samish Island for some time. This is actually a remarkable duet to hear and of course to experience.

It was just before 5:30 pm when this recording was made on a Zoom H4N. It was hand held with the cone handle in place. This is a mature wooded area.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

368855
xeno-canto.org
Northern Barred Owl - Strix varia Norman Levey 2017-04-09 Massachusetts (near Wayland), Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Middlesex (United States) (90 m) alarm call, call -

Location may be near a nesting site. Agitated adult pair, one or both calling.

Equipment used: Sony PCM-D100, wind suppression.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

363749
xeno-canto.org
Barred Owl - Strix varia Andrew Spencer 24-04-2010 Cummington, Hampshire Co., Massachusetts, Hampshire (United States) (350 m) solicitation call (A) -   48075
xeno-canto.org
Barred Owl - Strix varia Andrew Spencer 03-05-2010 Day Creek Campground, Pocohantas Co., West Virginia, West Virginia (United States) (? m) calls (A) - calls from a male bird 48645
xeno-canto.org
Northern Barred Owl - Strix varia Mike Nelson 2013-07-29 Clingman's Dome Rd., Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina, Swain (United States) (1600 m) song -

Male and female close on either side of the road in Fraser Fir and Birch habitat. A Northern Saw Whet Owl had been calling close by.

bird-seen:no

playback-used:no

144080
xeno-canto.org
Barred Owl - Strix varia Andrew Spencer 03-05-2010 Day Creek Campground, Pocohantas Co., West Virginia, West Virginia (United States) (? m) calls (A) - calls from a pair of birds; the female is giving the quiet note at the beginning of the cut, and the higher pitched series with the throaty terminal notes 48647
xeno-canto.org
Northern Barred Owl - Strix varia Andy Martin 2017-10-15 Cook, Skamania County, Washington, Skamania (United States) (900 m) call, song -

Originally a Mystery Recording, thanks to XC contributors Dan Lane and Nathan Pieplow for helping identify & confirm the species as Northern Barred Owl.

Original post follows This owl woke me from sleep in my car when I heard it in my headphones. There was a Great Horned Owl flying around, hootin' it up earlier in the day (around 15:30!), so I know there was one in the area. I'm not familiar enough with owl calls to know that this was a GHO, though, so I thought I'd ask.

I'd upload a longer recording, but really, it was this lone, isolated call, with an hour of silence on either side before the next sound (some leaves falling)

Enjoy the reverb! There are some nice, tall conifers there.

Anyone know?

bird-seen:no

playback-used:no

389995
xeno-canto.org
Northern Barred Owl - Strix varia Martin St-Michel 2016-04-13 Marais du Nord, La Jacques-Cartier, Québec, Capitale-Nationale: La Jacques-Cartier (Canada) (150 m) call, female, flight call, male, song -

One individual (male) responding to playback, then joining another hidden individual (female) at 4:20 and flying away at 4:40.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:yes

312258
xeno-canto.org
Barred Owl - Strix varia Bruce Lagerquist 2018-09-21 Salmo Divide Trail, Colville National Forest, Pend Oreille Co., Washington, Pend Oreille (United States) (1800 m) call -

First call of XC436986 . Owl was unseen in the canopy a ways off

bird-seen:no

playback-used:no

436990
xeno-canto.org
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