Distribi Tion

motile// back barred wings

Barred Owl

I'he large, dark eyes of this species adapt to the darkness and make use of the slightest amount of light. It is a typical owl of forest habitats, both coniferous and hroadleaf, though it also hunts in more open country. It frequently occurs near water. By day it roosts in thick foliage. Like other owls, it is able to hunt in total darkness, provided the prey moves. This is made possible by the asymmetrical positioning of the owl's ear openings on either side of its head. One opening is set a little higher than the other, enabling the bird to pinpoint the source of a sound accurately and to pounce on it. Hunting in this way, the owl catches a wide variety of prey - mainly mice and voles, though other animals, from lizards and frogs to squirrels and hares, are taken. In swampy places, it catches crayfish and fish. The species advertises its presence with a rhythmic series of four or five deep hoots.

• NliST The eggs arc laid in an unlined cavity in a tree.

• DISTRIBI 'TION North America, mostly cast of the Rockies, and the Central Plateau of Mexico to Veracruz and Oaxaca.

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