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Barn Owl
A Reference for North and Central American Owls

The Barn Owl is spread around the world although it may vary in size and the depth of color from North America's pranticola race. Here you will find video, photos, recordings and a brief field notes section to help identify and enjoy this beautiful owl. A more in depth write up and range map can be found in its natural history page (the Biology link). To jump immediately to any of these sections use the Page Jump Links below.

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Streaming Real Video Clips

Barn Owl Nestlings
Lake Forest, CA
October 2001

 

PHOTO GALLERY
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Barn Owl Photo

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Barn Owl Photo

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Lake Forest,
California
October, 2001

Berlin,
Ohio
July, 2002
Carrizo Plain,
California
June, 2005

Barn Owl Photo

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Barn Owl Photo

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Barn Owl Photo

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Paso Robles,
California
March, 2008
Carrizo Plain,
California
June, 2005
Paso Robles,
California
January, 2004

Additional Photos

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RECORDINGS
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Sound File
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Paso Robles
California
November 2000

A screech is the best known and most frequent call heard (often given in flight). Variations of this call may be associated with territory defense, alarm, distress or as a mating call.

FIELD NOTES
Barn Owl - Tyto alba

 The Barn Owl is North America's only member of the, "Monkey-faced", Owl family Tytonidae (all other N.A. Owls are from the family Strigidae). The white breast and heart shaped face distinguish this owl from all others. The eyes are dark umber and the bill is straw colored The sexes are alike although the females tend to be slightly darker overall. The call is not a hoot, as is expected with most owls, it is more of a hiss or screech. The juvenal Great Horned Owls have a similar screech. The Barn Owl lacks ear tufts. A nocturnal owl. Length is 16" (about the size of a Cooper's Hawk). 

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