A barred owl by any other name will still sound like this

March 3, 2015, 12 p.m.

A fledgling barred owl has just a few downy feathers to shed before it has its full adult plumage. This species goes by many names, including the rain owl, wood owl, and striped owl. It is also called the eight hooter because it has a call with eight accented "hoots." And that leads us to its most common name (other than, of course, the barred owl): the hoot owl. The joke is that owls are constantly asking "who" but this joke is exactly the way that birders remember the call. The mnemonic device most often used for identifying this owl's call is: "Who cooks for you, who cooks for you all." You can hear a recording of the call on All About Birds.

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