This is “Bob” the Barred Owl. He resides at the Carolina Raptor Center because he was raised by humans and imprinted on them. Unfortunately, even though he is perfectly healthy and can fly, he can never be released because he has no fear of humans and he doesn’t know how to hunt.
Barred Owl – Strix varia
Length: 16-25 in.
Weight: 1-1.5 lbs. (females slightly larger than males)
Wingspan: 38-50 in.
Common Names: hoot owl, rain owl, round-headed owl, swamp owl, wood owl
Etymology: strix (Latin) – “a strident owl”; varia (Latin) – “variegated”
Description: The barred owl is a large owl with a round head, no ear tufts and a long tail. Primarily gray and brown with white bars and edges, and the face is gray-brown. Barred owl under parts are buff with vertical streaks, the collar is barred horizontally, contrasting with a streaked breast. These owls have dark brown (virtually black) eyes and a yellow or white beak almost covered by feathers.
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