The diet of the Barred Owl consists mostly of mice of many species, but it also feeds on rabbits, chipmunks, foxes, Opossums and also birds such as grouse and doves. It occasionally wades into water in order to capture fish or terrapins.
Recent studies show suburban neighborhoods can be ideal habitat for barred owls. Using transmitters, scientists found that populations increased faster in the suburban settings than in old growth forest.
I spotted this Barred Owl while hiking at Fort Chaffee here in Arkansas. Barred Owl Facts The Barred Owl is a large typical owl. It goes by many other names, including Eight Hooter, Rain Owl, Wood Owl, and Striped Owl, but is probably known best as the Hoot Owl.