The Barred Owl, Strix varia, is a medium-sized North American owl sometimes
Hoot Owl because of its distinctive "hoo, hoo, too-HOO; hoo, hoo, too-HOO, ooo" call.
The Barred Owl is a mostly nocturnal predator, feeding on small mammals like mice, voles, small rabbits, squirrels as well as and some birds, insects and even aquatic life.
The chest is barred horizontally while the belly is streaked vertically. It has a large head, with dark rings around its brown eyes and a yellow bill. The legs and feet are covered with feathers. It measures some 21 in/53 cm long with a wingspan of 42 in/1.1 m.
This magnificent bird ranges across Canada and into the eastern United States. Its range is expanding in the northwest United States which is a concern as it's threatening the Northern Spotted Owl.