Barn Owl

Tyto Alba

About the Barn Owl

The Barn Owl is the most widely distributed species of owl and one of the most widespread of all birds. Found almost anywhere in the world outside polar and desert regions, the Barn Owl has many alternative names including White Owl, Ghost Owl and Screech Owl. It is a pale, long-winged, long-legged owl with a short squarish tail. Plumage varies across it’s wordlwide range, but in general it’s head and upperparts are a mixture of buff and grey, the chest and under wings are white with varying amounts of brown speckles. The heart-shaped face is white with dark eyes. Barn Owls have acute hearing, enabling them to hunt without sight. Historically farmers viewed them as an effective means of pest control, encouraging them to nest in farm buildings. Natural nest sites include tree stumps and cliff crevices and the nest itself will simply be a scrape in unsorted debris. A typical clutch would be between 2 – 6 eggs.


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