Tyto alba


General description

Normally pale and strictly nocturnal, barn owls are silent predators of the nocturnal world.

With a whitish face, chest, and belly, buffy upperparts, long legs, and the heart-shaped facial disc that frames its beady-eyed face; this owl rests in hidden and quiet places during the day.

At night, they hunt in open fields and meadows.

They can be found through their creepy and pious calls, quite unlike the boos of other owls.

Despite a worldwide distribution, they are declining in parts of their
range due to habitat loss.

The females are somewhat more showy than the males.

It has a more reddish and more spotted chest.

The spots can indicate the quality of the female.

Heavily spotted females receive fewer parasitic flies and may be more resistant to parasites and disease.

The spots may also stimulate the male to further assist in the nest.

Forests, groves, farms, barns, towns, and cliffs. Live in the plains, in open or semi-open country. It can nest in the forest or on the city, as long as the surrounding area has a territory of open feed such as a field, a swamp, a prairie, or a desert.

Mainly rodents. It feeds on voles, various types of mice, small rats, shrews, baby rabbits, other mammals, certain types of birds, lizards, insects and, rarely, frogs or fish.

  • FAMILY: Tytonidae
  • SCIENTIFIC NAME: Tyto alba
  • IT’S FOUND: World wide
  • LENGTH: 12.6 to 15.8´´ (32 to 40cm)
  • WEIGHT: 350g (aprox)

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