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Barred Owl Identification Tips
(Credit: U. S. Geological Survey)
General Information
- Sexes similar
- Rather large owl
- Dark eyes and yellow bill
- Back brown, mottled with pale spots and dark bars
- Underparts pale with long, brown streaks
- Chest pale with brown barring
- Face pale with dark concentric rings surrounding eye

Similar species
The Spotted Owl is most similar, but can be separated with attention to its barred, not streaked, underpart coloration

Short-eared Owl is similar in size, but is not barred on the chest nor is as heavily streaked below, does not share the concentric rings in the facial disks, has yellow eyes and a dark bill, and is found in quite different habitat.

Great Gray Owl is superficially similar, but much larger, gray rather than brown below, and has differently patterned underparts.
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