Barn Owl (Tyto Alba)
By Azriel Medina
Barn owls require rough grassland with good populations of rodents especially voles. Field edges, the edges of watercourses and grass strips alongside woods provide
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.
- Males: Lanky, with long, slender wingspan long legs Very pale underneath Lightish brown head and upperparts Large black eyes contrast with white facial disc.
- Females: Slender, medium-sized owl Rounded head with white facial disc Large black eyes Lightish patterned overall with black speckling on breast
They have some extraordinary specially adapted characteristics to help them hunt for food at night, such as incredibly sensitive hearing and the ability to see movement with very little light.
Barn Owls fly slowly over open fields at night or dusk with slow wingbeats and a looping, buoyant flight. Males attract their mates with several kinds of display flights, including a “moth flight” where he hovers in front of a female for several seconds, his feet dangling