Site hosted by Build your free website today!

Is this the "monster" you heard?

Barred owl call
Two barred owls challenging

The barred owl grows to about 18 to 20 inches in length. This fellow is definitely full-grown. Although he is best known for his call of "who cooks for you . . who cooks for you'all" he is also known for many other sounds. Some of these sounds have been described as the bark of a large dog. During mating season which starts about February in the south, the mating ritual can produce sounds resembling crows, chimpanzees, and howler monkeys.

I snapped this picture of one out in the open in the daylight. A rare sight indeed.

Click here to return to menu