Description of the Barn Owl
The Barn Owl has tawny and gray upperparts, a large, heart-shaped pale face with dark eyes, and long legs.
Females have tawny underparts.
Seasonal change in appearance
Juveniles wear a second covering of natal down, grayish-white or buffy in color.
Barn Owls inhabit semi-open country with barns and scattered trees.
Barn Owls eat rodents.
Barn Owls are resident throughout much of the U.S., except for some northern and central portions. It is a cosmopolitan species, occurring on six continents. The population is declining.
Bent Life History
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Barn Owls have asymmetrically placed ears for triangulating sound, allowing them to catch rodents in pitch darkness.
Barn Owls can nest at any time of year in some locations if food supplies are plentiful.
A common call consists of a rasping shriek.