Barred Owl (species: Strix varia) in Everglades National Park, Florida (Gaia Guide)
Strix varia
Barred Owl

©Jack Wolf: Barred Owl (Strix varia)

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©Matthew Paulson: Barred Owl (Strix varia) taking flight at Viera Wetlands, Florida
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Strigiformes
Family Strigidae
Genus Strix
Species Strix varia



Distinguishing features

It has a pale face with dark rings around the eyes, a yellow beak and brown eyes. It is the only typical owl of the eastern United States which has brown eyes; all others have yellow eyes.

The upper parts are mottled gray-brown. The underparts are light with markings; the chest is barred horizontally while the belly is streaked vertically. The legs and feet are covered in feathers up to the talons. The head is round and lacks ear tufts. (Wikipedia)


  • Up to 63 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Up to 125 cm


Similar taxa


Distribution and habitat preferences

Breeding habitats are dense woods across Canada, the United States, and south to Mexico. (Wikipedia)

Audio recordings


Recorded at Orlando Wetlands, Christmas, Orange County, Florida in United States.

© Paul Marvin

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