Common Barn Owl
Tyto alba

Long before the worldwide species was a "barn" owl, it nested in hollow trees, caves, and burrows. Often it still does. But man's structures furnish it with ideal cover, and the bird can be found in belfries, attics, and abandoned mines as well as barns. This owl is a nocturnal hunter. Experiments have shown that it requires its ears only to locate prey.

To identify look for a heart-shaped face, mostly white, golden brown above, and usually white below. The legs are long and feathered. Its flight pattern is somewhat like a moth. The preferred habitat of the barn owl is forests near open country, farmlands and homes.

Photo courtesy Donna Bell, Flomaton, Alabama
Copyright (c) 2005 Donna Bell

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