Spotted owl or Barred owl?

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  1. Mt. Baker Quail

    Mt. Baker Quail Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just found this owl on its kill on our farm. I am not sure if it is a Spotted owl or a Barred owl. Ideas?

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  2. DesertChickens1

    DesertChickens1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks more like a Barred owl to me
     
  3. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Looks barred.

    Are they killing barred owls to protect the remaining spotted owls?
     
  4. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    Beautiful bird!
     
  5. Matthew3590

    Matthew3590 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree that is a very beautiful bird. I googled pictures of barred owls and spotted owls and I can't tell them apart.
     
  6. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Look at patterns on breast. Also use the terms "barred", "spotted" and "comparison" in search for images. Make certain images sourced from biologist familiar with them and make certain you are not getting confused by pictures of hybrids.
     
  7. ChatLunatique

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    It doesn't seem to have the characteristic white X of spotted owls on the face, that, and the size compared to the rabbit make me say Barred owl. Either way, keep the chickens in at night!
     
  8. LesGus5

    LesGus5 Out Of The Brooder

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    That is a barred owl. They compete for space with Great horned owls and usually share territory with Red Shouldered Hawks (where Great horned owls tend to share territory with Red Tailed hawks). Yes. They can surely kill your chickens if you leave them out at night. Not as ruthless as a Great Horned (who even eats other breeds of owl babies), but still a mighty predator. Do you live near a waterway/stream? If so, the Red shoulder hawks might keep the more chicken-dangerous red tail hawks away during the day. Of course, in the winter, you are likely to get more transient owls looking for a new home ... so to speak. That goes for hungry young hawks too. This probably doesn't help much, but I am a chicken and raptor lover.

    He/she would sound like this

     
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