Medium-sized, with a distinctive heart-shaped face, and small
black eyes. Their backs are a creamy brown, while their fronts and
bottoms of their wings are white.
Range: North, Central and South America; Europe; Africa;
Australia; southeast Asia.
Nesting: In cavities ranging from tree hollows and cliff
crevices, to man-made structures.
Eggs: 2 to 11 white eggs per clutch - average of 6. Barn
Owls begin incubating after the first egg is laid. Because two or
more days can pass between each egg that is laid, there can be a
three-week age difference between the first and last owls that hatch.
Diet: Primarily small mammals and occasionally insects,
small birds, reptiles, and amphibians.
- Ears are asymmetrically placed, enabling them to pinpoint
the location of prey by listening
- Have special feathers that dampen the flapping sounds normally
made by other birds as they fly, allowing them to move silently
- The round shape of the Barn Owl face combined with their white
body, silent flight, and tendency to nest in deserted man-made
structures, has led to many mistaken "ghost" sightings
- Vocalize by making a "screech" or screaming call
- The scientific name, Tyto alba, refers to the owl's white coloration