barn owl

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barn owl

any owl of the genus Tyto, esp T. alba, having a pale brown and white plumage, long slender legs, and a heart-shaped face: family Tytonidae

Barn Owl


(Tyto alba), a bird of the order Strigiformes. The barn owl is 33–35 cm long and weighs about 350 g. The body is rusty gray with black and white spots above and whitish or rust-colored below, sometimes with dark flecks. The barn owl is distributed in Western Europe, South Asia, Australia, North and South America, and the western parts of the USSR—from Latvia to Moldavia. A settled bird, it inhabits the garrets of abandoned buildings and, less commonly, tree hollows. A clutch usually contains four to six eggs; occasionally as many as ten or 11 eggs are laid. The eggs are incubated by the female for 32 to 34 days. The barn owl feeds on shrews, rodents, large insects, and—less commonly—birds and bats. It is valuable as a predator of rodents.

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THE national scheme to cut back on plastic carrier bags will provide a boost for barn owls in Northumberland.
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e Winter of 2013 was a particularly devastating time for barn owls and the prolonged cold saw a 280% rise in the numbers of dead barn owls reported to the British Ornithology Trust.
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Barn owls start looking for nesting places in January/February and the first eggs are laid in March/ April, so I got busy with the box building and knocked one out in an afternoon that looked okay to me--it had the conventional amenities of landing board, perch, drain holes, etc.
Although there is little that can be done practically to supplement the diets of barn owls, farmers and members of the public are encouraged to remain vigilant and report any sick or injured looking owls to a wildlife rescue centre immediately.
She just said a lovely white barn owl had walked into her house the previous night.
3% of the prey items recovered from a barn owl midden in Guatemala, and hispid cotton rats are the small mammal most frequently consumed by barn owls in the southeastern United States (Marti, 1992).
The barn owl makes its nest in caves and in hollows of trees.
High above a field, a common barn owl, Tyto- alba (TIE-toe AL-buh), soars in a nighttime breeze.