The Canadian Peregrine Foundation

Barn Owl
(Tyto alba)


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IDENTIFICATION


(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.

 

FURTHER INFORMATION

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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