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Scientific Name: Tyto alba

Habitat: open woodland, heaths, moors

Diet: small mammals, insects, reptiles

Life span: 1-2 years (22 years in captivity)

Young: 3-6 eggs/clutch

Size: female 570g (1.2 lb); male 470g (1 lb)

Barn owls have huge appetites. A family of two adults and six young can eat over 1000 rodents during the three month nesting period. These owls can hunt in complete darkness using their hearing to find prey.

A barn owl has short talons and long legs. This is opposite of most owls.

They are found on all continents.

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Barn owl on Animal Diversity Web


Range: North America, South and Central America, Europe, Africa, central and southern Asia and Australia

Status in the Wild

Status: thriving

For More Information

Edmonton Valley Zoo

13315 Buena Vista Road (87th Avenue)
PO Box 2359
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2R7


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