The Canadian Peregrine Foundation

Barn Owl
(Tyto alba)

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(Photo by Tracy Simpson)

Size: 35-50 cm (similar to Crow).   Description: Pale in colour, with heart-shaped face, dark eyes. Long legs. Breast white to buff, lightly spotted.   Range: Found on every continent, but limited in Canada to the southern parts of British Columbia and Ontario.   Habitat: Open farmlands, grasslands.   Nest: In barns and other old buildings, or in tree cavities.   Voice: Rasping hiss, metallic clicking noises.   Diet: Rodents; occasionally birds and insects.   Behaviour: Usually active only at night.   Notes: Can hunt entirely by sound. Intolerant of cold, northern populations may migrate several hundred kilometres south to avoid harsh winters.



Link to Talon Tales Species Portrait

Barn Owl profile - excerpt from Student's Guide to Canada's Wildlife at Risk

Photos and information on CPF's educational Barn Owl, Seamus 

Link to Owls of New York State fact sheet


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