Adult Barking Owls are grey-brown above, with white spots on the wings, and whitish below, heavily streaked with grey-brown. The head is almost entirely grey-brown, and the eyes are large and yellow. Young Barking Owls have less streaking on the underparts and are mottled white and grey-brown on the rear of the neck. Barking Owls are nocturnal birds (night birds), although they may sometimes be seen hunting during the day.
The Barking Owl is named for its harsh ‘barking’ call but can also make a much louder, wailing cry, which has given rise to another name, the ‘screaming-woman bird’.
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