Barn Owl

Tyto alba

The barn owl is a farmer’s best friend. By hunting mice and other small mammals, which it can catch in total darkness, the owl helps control the population of these pint-sized grain thieves.

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Owls are especially good at sneaking up on prey as they make little noise while flying. Soft, fringed feathers cut down on the sound of wings flapping, while larger wings compared to their body size requires fewer wing flaps overall.

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lengthLength: 1 to 1.5 ft
weightWeight: Up to 1.4 lbs
lifespanLifespan: About 2 yrs in wild; Up to 10 yrs in captivity
wingspanWingspan: 3.3 to 4 ft
habitatHabitat: Grassland, desert, marsh, and agricultural fields
dietDiet: Small mammals such as mice, voles, and shrews