An adult barn owl
An adult barn owl
 
 
A pair of barn owls; male (left) and female (right)
A pair of barn owls; male (left) and female (right)
 
 
A barn owl baby, an owlet
A barn owl baby, an owlet
 
 
A barn owl in flight
A barn owl in flight
 
 
A barn owl talon
A barn owl talon
 
 
Close-up of a barn owl
Close-up of a barn owl
 
 
A barn owl in flight
A barn owl in flight
 
Barn Owl
Topic(s):   Endangered Animals, Owls
Quick Facts
Type of Animal bird
Habitat world-wide woodland and grassland areas
Diet small rodents, lizards, frogs, birds
Migration no
Life Span up to 2 years
Male male
Female female
Baby owlet
Group parliment
Predators of eggs/young great horned owls, raccoons, foxes, snakes
Predators of adults hawks, eagles, people
Endangered yes; loss of habitat

The barn owl is sometimes called the monkey-faced owl. It has a rounded, heart-shaped face. This flat, white face scoops up sound like a satellite dish. It aims the sound at the owl’s ears.

The barn owl can see in the daytime, even though it is nocturnal (active at night). It can see well at night. The owl’s hearing is what makes it such a good hunter. It also has special feathers that help it fly silently.

After the owl catches its prey, it eats it, bones and all. Later, it will throw up pellets full of bones and hair. Scientists like to look through these pellets to see what the owl ate.

This medium-sized owl does not say, “Whoo.” It has a raspy scream that can be scary at night.

People are clearing forests and farmland to make towns and shopping malls. Now it is hard for the owl to find places to live and hunt. To help the owl, people put up nest boxes.

The barn owl does not live very long. It often dies before it is 2 years old. A car or truck might hit it. It may fly into power lines or starve.

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