Barn owl

The Barn Owl is the most widely distributed owl in the world and has several subspecies throughout its range in America, throughout Europe, Africa, Asia, Russia and Australia. Most commonly seen at dawn and dusk, the Barn Owl is both nocturnal and crepuscular, but will hunt during the day when food is scarce or when they have dependent young.

The Barn Owl has a very light, buoyant flight. It can glide and hover and its slow wing beat means it’s virtually silent. The Owl catches its prey by diving out of the sky and grasping it with its long talons.

Barn Owls also have fantastic vision and hearing. Prey usually consists of very small mammals – typically mice, voles, shrews, beetles and insects.

Scientific name
Tyto alba
Family
Tytonidae
Order
Strigiformes
Conservation status
Least concern