Central Park Barred Owl Sadly Passes Away

The Central Park Conservancy has announced that a Barred Owl – a species of bird which in late 2020 started getting some media attention for taking up residency in Central Park – sadly passed away early Friday morning.

“It’s with a heavy heart we share that a barred owl, a beloved Central Park resident, passed away early this morning,” the Conservancy wrote on Twitter. “Flying low, likely in search of a meal, the barred owl made contact with a Conservancy maintenance vehicle at approximately 2:30am. Conservancy staff immediately reported the incident and Urban Park Rangers were contacted. The barred owl’s presence in Central Park brought so much joy, reminding all of us that the Park is a vital greenspace for all New Yorkers, including the wildlife that call it home.”


The Barred Owl started gaining prestige in October 2020 when Manhattan Bird Alert tweeted a video of one cleaning itself at The Loch in Central Park, located at 102nd Street.

Soon after this initial sighting, another one was spotted in Riverside Park.

Barred Owl Riverside Park

Photo by @gigpalileo

Fans were quick to offer their condolences following the Central Park Conservancy’s announcement.

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