Twenty inches long. Upper parts gray or gray brown with buff white bars. Cinnamon brown
wings and tail barred with white. White underside with breast barred and belly streaked.
One of the most common of the larger owls in eastern
North America and as far west as British Columbia in Canada.
Nests in natural or abandoned tree cavities, abandoned crow or hawk
nests. Often nests in the same hole for many years.
Lays two to four white eggs which hatch after about four or five
weeks incubation and young leave the nest in about another six weeks.
Hunt mostly for mice and other small mammals, also reptiles,
fish, crawfish, birds and insects.