Barn Owl, Tyto alba

Orion was born in a colony of Barn Owls used for research. He was never wild. He was part of a study on the amazing sight and hearing of owls.  When he retired, he wanted to stay in education so he came to Owl’s Hill.

The Barn Owl is found on every continent except Antarctica and is the most wide spread of all owl species. They are able to locate prey by sound  better than any other animal tested.  They can hunt in complete darkness to find vole, mice and shrews hiding under vegetation or snow.

Barn owls are found in open areas including hayfields, pastures, wet meadows, cemeteries and parks and along forest edges. They roost and nest in tree cavities, bluffs, grain silos, barns and other man made structures.

Number of eggs depends on the food supply and Barn Owls may have more than one clutch a year.  Three to nine is the most common clutch number. Fledglings usually start to fly in about 60 days.

Barn Owl Distribution Map