Shakespeare

Shakespeare

Barred Owl, Strix Varia

Barred Owls like to eat things that live in or near creeks, lakes and ponds. They eat prey like frogs, toads, reptiles, and invertebrates.  They will also eat many kinds of small animals, including squirrels, chipmunks, mice, voles, rabbits, and small birds.

This is the owl that sounds like: Who cooks for you?  Who cooks for you all? 

Noticed Shakespeare’s eyes as he blinks.  There are feathers on his eyelids!  Owls have feathers on all parts of their body except the eyeballs, beak and talons.  It helps with silent flight.  Also notice the greyish-blue eyelid that comes from the corner of the eyes.  That is called the nictitating membrane.  All birds of prey have it to moisten the eyes and protect the eyes while they are flying and catching prey.

Barred Owls live in large, mature forests made up of both deciduous trees and evergreens, often near water. Barred Owls usually nest in a natural cavity, 20–40 feet high in a large tree. They may also use stick platform nests built by other animals (including hawks, crows, ravens, and squirrels), as well as human-made nest boxes.

Shakespeare is with us because he has a wing injury and can no longer fly, therefore cannot catch food to eat or protect himself in the wild. He is also having trouble with one eye.

Do not know the age
Arrived May 2019
Weighs 450-500 grams

Barred Owl Distribution Map

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