Barn Owl

Scientific name: Tyto alba

Few bird species occur in as many countries around the world as the 28 subspecies of Barn Owl. Changes to habitat and agricultural practices have reduced populations in some areas, but providing artificial nest boxes has helped Barn Owl populations in other areas.

The left and right ears of Barn Owls are not at the same height on their skull. This unusual placement of their ears allows Barn Owls to locate and capture mice and other prey by sound alone, even in total darkness.