Barred owl babies are too cute to be real (and their parents may be older than you)

Written by: Clare-Anne Canfield  

Published on Wednesday, April 4th, 2018 at 7:14 am EDT

Written by: Clare-Anne Canfield


Young Barred owls about to fledge. Photo Credit: Clare-Anne Canfield

The oldest Barred owl was recorded and banded in Minnesota. It was found dead in fishing gear at the age of 24 years and 1 month. There's a good chance that your local owl is older than you.

Being a large bird of prey like the Barred owl is nice unless your neighbor is a Great Horned owl and then you may want to consider moving. Great Horned owls prey on Barred owl eggs, youngsters, and  sometimes an adult (...That is bonkers).

Adult Barred owl watching out for the kiddos. Photo Credit: Clare-Anne Canfield

Males and females usually mate for life, but no one really knows which of the two pick the nesting site (I'm going to go with female here because it's what we do). Barred owls are usually found in mature forests and nest in large, dead trees. You can also build a nesting box if you live near a mature forest. Just do a quick Google image search to get some ideas and then you may also enjoy sharing your home with the most adorable babies on the planet.
They're watching you. Photo Credit: Clare-Anne Canfield

Typical cavity nest site for Barred owls. Photo Credit: Clare-Anne Canfield

Learn more about Barred owls at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.