Barred owl

Barred owl Houston - Paul Hara (2)

Strix varia

Barred owls feed on a wide variety of prey, including rodents, squirrels, rabbits, opossums, birds, small fish, turtles, frogs, snakes, lizards, crayfish, scorpions, and insects!  A barred owl will dive on prey from a perch.

Their only natural enemy is the larger great horned owl.

Houston, our barred owl is a male.  He lived in Texas and injured his wing in early 1998. After a short time at the Houston Zoo, he came to live here in 1999.