Barn Owl Information
Length: 14 - 20"
Habitat: Open or semi-open country such as farmland, meadows, marshland, and residential areas. Prefers habitat at low elevations. Requires trees with natural cavities or man-made structures (such as barns) for nesting.
Diet: Mainly rodents, including voles, mice, and rats. Some birds, large insects, frogs, lizards, and snakes.
Sounds and calls of the Barn Owl
Description, distribution, behavior, diet, reproduction, predators, lifespan, and conservation status. Includes photos and range map. (From Wikipedia)
© J. Vallee
- Wingspan: 44 inches
- Large, nocturnal, predatory bird
- Large, rounded head
- Pale facial disks with dark frame
- Tawny and gray upperparts with small black and white spots
- White underparts with scattered dark spots
- Sexes similar
- Sometimes found in barns and silos
The Barn Owl is easily distinguished from other owls by its face pattern. In flight, it lacks dark wrist marks found in Long-eared
and Short-eared Owls.
(Credit: U. S. Geological Survey)
Range Maps from Cornell
Includes separate map of sightings.
Christmas Bird Count Map
Historical CBC Map from USGS