Owls are solitary, nocturnal creatures, which swoop silently through the forest, their binocular vision and strong sharp talons enabling them to spot and carry away small prey in the dark. Their round eyes give the impression of wisdom which has earned them the reputation that may or may not be deserved.
Barred Owls live in large, mature forests made up of both deciduous trees and evergreens, often near water. They nest in tree cavities. In the Northwest, Barred Owls have moved into old-growth coniferous forest, where they compete with the threatened Spotted Owl.