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    Hear the Many Different Hoots of the Barred Owl

    Barred Owl. Photo: Sandra Rothenberg/Audubon Photography Awards

    The increasingly common owl has more than a dozen calls, including one that sounds like a monkey.


    By BirdNote
    February 17, 2017

    Have you ever heard what sounds like a monkey call in the woods? Well, unless you happen to be birding near a zoo, you’re probably hearing one of the many different calls of the Barred Owl.

    The Barred Owl has long been heard in Eastern forests, but the bird is a relative newcomer to the Western U.S. thanks to an expanding breeding range. As Barred Owls become increasingly common across the country, you are more likely to hear their varied calls. Listen here to learn the many hoots of this large and vocal owl.

    This audio story is brought to you by BirdNote, a partner of The National Audubon Society. BirdNote episodes air daily on public radio stations nationwide.

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    The emphatic hoots of a pair of Barred Owls resonate in the still of a February night. So-called for the stripes on their breast, Barred Owls are among the largest owls in North America. They’re also the most vocal. Their signature hooting sequence has been memorably described as “who-cooks-for-you?! who-cooks-for-you-all?!”

    FULL story and audio at link above.

    My Barred Owl hunting in our yard post from Aug. 2015: http://metamorphosis.democraticunderground.com/10027088764

    The nest is less than 150 feet north of our home. Photo below.

    glinda, broiles, Haikugal like this
    "P.S. please if you get a chanse put some flowrs on Algernons grave in the bak yard.": Flowers for Algernon

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  • FanBoy (7985 posts)
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    1. anyone know why its range is explanding? looks like it's comfortable in

    urban/suburban environments?

  • Haikugal (6088 posts)
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    2. What a beauty Steve! Thanks for this post.


      Be the bird.....       Hey DNC! Up Yours! It's ON!! Kick against the pricks!!!
  • glinda (2169 posts)
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    3. Terrific post!

    Animals know more than we do. - Native American proverb
  • nenagh (122 posts)
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    4. Thank you Omaha Steve…

    Delightful to see such beautiful photos of your extraordinary neighbours and learn about their calls and expanded habitats.