Barn Owl

Scientific name: Tyto alba

habitat:Barn Owls require large areas of open land over which to hunt. This can either be marsh, grasslands, or mixed agricultural fields. For nesting and roosting, they prefer quiet cavities, either in trees or man-made structures such as barns.

color patterns:Barn Owls are pale overall with dark eyes. They have a mix of buff and gray on the head, back, and upperwings, and are white on the face, body, and underwings. When seen at night they can appear all white.

behaviors: Barn Owls nest and roost in cavities, abandoned barns and other buildings, and dense trees. At night, Barn Owls hunt by flying low, back and forth over open habitats, searching for small rodents primarily by sound.



Dish-shaped face helps collect sound for hunting.

Good eyesight and excellent hearing.

Flexible neck to help the owl see in all directions.

Soft feathers make the flight silent to help hear the prey when hunting.

Neck not visible

Four toes with long talons. One talon has a comb to groom the face feathers.

Long legs for reaching into long grass when hunting.

Fact:Heavily spotted females get fewer parasitic flies and may be more resistant to parasites and diseases. The spots may also stimulate the male to help more at the nest.