Barn owls are one of the most widespread birds, meaning they can be found on six different continents and even on some islands. They are nocturnal birds that hunt silently at night in open fields and meadows, feeding mostly on mice and rats. They have excellent hearing an vision to help them hunt. During the day, they will roost in quiet, hidden places.
Barn owls have a white, heart shaped face. Their body coloring is a golden color above and white to pale brown underneath. There are beige markings that can be found on the wings and back. They are about 14-20 inches tall and females are slightly larger than the males. Barn owls do not hoot like other owls, but utter an eerie screech.
Barn owls usually mate for life and will use a nest that has been around for 20-30 years. When the babies hatch, the male will bring food for the mother and babies. The young owls will leave the nest about 3-5 weeks after they begin flying.
Did you know?
- Barn owls have a short life span, averaging only about 20 months in the wild!
- Barn owls have the most accurate sense of sound of any animals ever tested.