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Birds at
Paradise

Barn Owl

These are the most widespread of all the birds of prey in the world, found on every continent except for the north and south poles. Barn owls are relatively common throughout most of their range, but they are rare in Britain, mostly due to habitat destruction. Climate affects their numbers quite dramatically as well, as they are unable to hunt in prolonged wet weather.

They use their amazing sense of hearing to detect the sound of rodents with deadly accuracy. Their facial disc is a heart shape and unique to their species.

DID YOU KNOW? Barn owls differ in size and colour depending on what part of the world they are living in.

Current Status

  • Least Concern
  • Near Threatened
  • Vulnerable
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild
  • Extinct

Key Facts

Rodents, rats, mice, shrews, moles, and voles.
Tytonidae
7 years wild
15 - 20 years captivity
3 - 7 eggs laid
29cm - 44cm
Open lowlands, rough grassland, plantations, heath, marsh, coastal regions, savannah
Least Concern
Worldwide, on every continent except the Arctic and Antarctica.
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