By Dave Person
January 08, 2006
Although the photo is grainy, it is almost certainly a barred
owl. Barred owls are common in the area and have a call that
sounds like "whoo cooks for you, whoo cooks for you all"
with the ending "all" deeply resonant. The only other
owl likely to be confused with the barred is the spotted owl.
However, note the strong vertical streaking on the breast. Spotted
owls are spotted there, not streaked. Spotted owls also have
a bark-like rather that a hooing call. To my knowledge spotted
owls have never been documented in Alaska.
Ketchikan, AK - USA
About: Dave Person is a research
wildlife biologist with Alaska Dept. Fish and Game
Related Photo (Updated with
owl's name added):
'Hoo, hoo, too-HOO' Photograph by Sabra Lichty & Spotlighter
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