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I saw this owl and bluebird today in southern Minnesota. Just wanted to confirm the owl is a Barred Owl and the bluebird is an Eastern Bluebird? This is the first time I've seen either of those birds. If anyone has a guess at the gender of the owl, that would also be great!

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It’s not easy to sex Barred Owls in the field, as it’s a sexually monomorphic species. Females are generally larger than males, but this is only obvious when they’re next to each other. Also, female calls are consistently (probably almost always) higher in pitch than the male’s, but again, it’s not easy unless you have taken an audio recording or regularly sexed Barred Owls by call in the field before. Finally, it’s not the best time of the year to analyze behavior differences (such as mating/rearing chicks).

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10 hours ago, akandula said:

It’s not easy to sex Barred Owls in the field, as it’s a sexually monomorphic species. Females are generally larger than males, but this is only obvious when they’re next to each other. Also, female calls are consistently (probably almost always) higher in pitch than the male’s, but again, it’s not easy unless you have taken an audio recording or regularly sexed Barred Owls by call in the field before. Finally, it’s not the best time of the year to analyze behavior differences (such as mating/rearing chicks).

Thanks for the information! I figured it would be nearly impossible to tell.

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