Written by Chris Peterson. It is easily identified by its evening call, which sounds like who cooks for you, who cooks for you-all. The Barred Owl Calls. Barred Owl  recorded by G.A. Thus, they can shriek loudly to scare us and other hungry predators as far away as possible. General description:The barred owl is a medium-sized grayish-brown bird of prey that has a dark ring around its face. However, if all goes well, Barred Owls are known to live for over 20 years. Photo by Tony Hisgett. This is BirdNote! Call of the Barred Owl provided by The Macaulay Library of Natural Sounds at the Cornell Lab of Orni-thology, Ithaca, New York. The barred owl is a powerful vocalist, with an array of calls that are considered "spectacular, loud and emphatic". How to spot a Barred Owl Identification. [Two-phased hoot of a Barred Owl] Female barn owl. [Two-phased hoot of a Barred Owl] I’ve been hearing an owl, a Barred Owl, much of this year and last. Their longevity, sedentary behaviour, and large size mean that, of all the owls found in Ontario, the Barred Owl is definitely the one easiest to locate. The barred owl is a common owl in eastern Minnesota. The oldest on record lived to be 24 years old. But, if the barn owl’s scream makes you truly afraid, then, it is working as intended. Barn owls are not big animals, but humans are. Calls probably carry well over 0.8 km (0.50 mi). To them, we are even scarier because we might capture/kill/eat them. Keller BirdNote's theme music was composed and played by Nancy Rumbel and John Kessler In January, even though it was cold and dark, its call drew me outside.  Its usual call is a series of eight accented hoots ok-ok-ok-ok-ok-buhooh , or the "typical two-phrase hoot" with a downward pitch at the end.