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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 Sue Riffe 2016-04-26 Loxahatchee NWR, Palm Beach County, Florida, Palm Beach (United States) (10 m) song -

Singing from Cypress swamp about 100 yards away.

bird-seen:no

playback-used:no

316508
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
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 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
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. 77536
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
Northern Barred Owl - Strix varia Andy Martin 2017-06-29 Skamania County, Washington, Skamania (United States) (1000 m) begging call -

A couple juvenile Barred Owls begging for food.

A short excerpt from a very long soundscape across the dawn on June 29, 2017, on the Western slope of Mt Adams. No modifications other than slight filtering and volume boost added for intelligibility.

Geophony includes tall Douglas Fir and Grand Fir trees.

bird-seen:no

playback-used:no

384003
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
Northern Barred Owl - Strix varia Martin St-Michel 2016-04-13 Marais du Nord, La Jacques-Cartier, Qu├ębec, 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
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
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 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
Northern Barred Owl - Strix varia Bruce Lagerquist 2015-06-01 Maple Leaf, Seattle, King County, Washington, King (United States) (100 m) begging call -

2 possibly 3 owlets sitting in a large maple tree begging for food. They did this most of the night. A lady got so tired of the sound she came out and banged a pot to try to get them to go away...they didn't

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

383332
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 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
Barred Owl - Strix varia Andrew Spencer 24-04-2010 Cummington, Hampshire Co., Massachusetts, Hampshire (United States) (350 m) solicitation call (A) -   48075
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Northern Barred Owl - Strix varia Anthony Gliozzo 2017-04-28 Washington (near Bow), Skagit County, Washington, Skagit (United States) (40 m) call -

was aware of this location from last October 2016. Sure enough I found the male and female (has the higher bark of the two) performing their infamous duet back and forth calling on Point Williams Road on Samish Island Washington. You can hear the female take off first as the male continues to call then the male takes off.

the GPS coordinates are accurate from maps.google.com however this site incorrectly shows another location in another state

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

366793
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 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
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
Northern Barred Owl - Strix varia Paul Marvin 2018-03-09 River Lakes Conservation Area near Viera, Brevard Co, Florida, Brevard (United States) (0 m) call -

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

405771
xeno-canto.org
Barred Owl - Strix varia Michael & Katie LaTour 2018-11-01 Suches, Fannin County, Georgia, Fannin (United States) (750 m) alarm call, call, caterwaul, duet, female, male, song -

This is a re-submission of our original audio recording. A noise reduction followed by a minor (4 dB) sound amplification was superimposed to the audio recording.

We were on our honeymoon in north Georgia. We sat on the back porch of our cabin, overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains and began calling into the woods just after sunset. Not long after, we received our first barred owl response! Then several different groups of barred owls all began responding to us from the trees at many different points around the cabin! Never did we expect to hear so many all at once. We were thrilled and carried on a back-and-forth conversation with these noisy nocturnal predators for nearly an hour, full of hoots, wails and caterwauls. We took a one minute trim of the recording for submission her.

bird-seen:no

playback-used:no

447012
xeno-canto.org
Northern Barred Owl - Strix varia Eric DeFonso 2017-05-11 Walnut Grove campsite, Milford Lake SP, Geary County, Kansas, Geary (United States) (360 m) call, song -

Extended cut of song and calls between a presumably mated pair in taller deciduous and juniper woods near ravine adjacent to campgrounds. Signal amplified several dB for clarity.

bird-seen:no

playback-used:no

370387
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Northern Barred Owl - Strix varia Paul Marvin 2011-04-25 Orlando Wetlands, Christmas, Orange County, Florida, Orange (United States) (0 m) call -

in a tree by a dirt road on the edge of a marsh

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

163684
xeno-canto.org
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