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  Barn Owl (Tyto alba)





Barn Owl | Tyto alba photo
Tyto alba in England

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Barn Owl | Tyto alba photo
Barn Owl (Tyto alba) Location: Schutterspark Brunssum (Netherlands)

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Barn Owl | Tyto alba photo
Owlets

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BARN OWL FACTS

Description
The Barn Owl has sandy brown and light grey upperparts and white to cream underparts with a 'heart-shaped' disc on face.

Size
34cm

Habitat
open country such as farms, heath and lightly wooded forest.

Food
rodents and birds, also some insects, frogs and lizards

Breeding
The nest is normally a hollow in a tree, but sometimes nests in caves or abandoned buildings. Lays 3-6 eggs.

Range
throughout Australia



Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Strigiformes
Family:Tytonidae
Genus:Tyto
Species:alba
Common Name:Barn Owl

Relatives in same Genus
  Grass Owl (T. capensis)
  Lesser Sooty Owl (T. multipunctata)
  Masked Owl (T. novaehollandiae)