Barn Owl

Scientific Name: Tyto alba
Common Name: Barn Owl
Other Name: Common barn owl

Identifying Features: medium-sized, pale-coloured owl, long wings, heart shaped face, black eyes, brown and grey feathers.

Fun Facts:

  • Nocturnal over most of its range, but in Great Britain and some Pacific islands, it also hunts by day.
  • Most widely distributed species of owl in the world and one of the most widespread of all species of birds.
  • They usually mate for life unless one of the pair is killed, when a new pair bond may be formed.
  • Owls living on small islands are smaller and lighter, perhaps because they have a higher dependence on insect prey and need to be more manoeuvrable.


This image was clicked by Andrew Stawarz – via Flickr.

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