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Barn Owl
Barn Owl
Bird. The barn owl has the most developed sense of hearing of all birds. Barn owls are very effective hunters thanks to a combination of forward-facing eyes, ten times the light sensitivity of humans, great depth perception, and a neck that can rotate up to 270 degrees. Serrated feather tips muffle the sounds of flapping wings during flight, allowing the owls to swoop down on unsuspecting prey. Camouflage coloring protects the owls from predators during the daytime. Barn owls do not construct nests, instead surrounding their eggs with pellets made of the regurgitated bone and fur fragments of their meals.
Scientific Name Lifespan
Tyto alba 2-3 years
Carnivore. Rodents (voles, mice).
Predators and Threats
Great horned owl.
Trees, abandoned burrows and buildings, forests and grasslands; Southern Canada to southern Chile, and from east to west coast in the Western Hemisphere.