The Barn Owl has tawny and gray upperparts, a large, heart-shaped pale face with dark eyes, and long legs.
FemaleFemales have tawny underparts.
Seasonal change in appearanceNone.
JuvenileJuveniles wear a second covering of natal down, grayish-white or buffy in color.
HabitatBarn Owls inhabit semi-open country with barns and scattered trees.
DietBarn Owls eat rodents.
BehaviorBarn Owls forage at night, flying low and listening for prey.
RangeBarn 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.
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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.
VocalizationsA common call consists of a rasping shriek.
The Barn Owl does not construct a nest, though it may excavate a tunnel into a dirt bank. It frequently nests in old barns, dry wells, church steeples, or nest boxes.
Number: usually 4-8.
Color: White in color.
Incubation and fledging: