Barn Owl, Tyto alba

This owl is truly nocturnal!  He can usually be seen in the top corner with his back towards everyone.  He hears us and knows we are here and if we are lucky he will turn around to look at us. 

Orion is here because he was born in captivity.  He does not know what it means to be a wild owl.  He was born for a very special reason.  Researchers discovered that the Barn Owl has excellent low-light vision, and can easily find prey at night by sight. But its ability to locate prey by sound alone is the best of any animal that has ever been tested. It can catch mice in complete darkness, or hidden by vegetation or snow out in the real world.

Some interesting facts about Barn Owls, they do not make the typical hooting sound-they screech and scream and it can sound very scary!

Barn owls are found on every continent except Antarctica.  They are very efficient hunters eating mostly small mammals, particularly rats, mice, voles, lemmings, and other rodents; also shrews, bats, and rabbits. Most of the prey they eat are active at night, so squirrels and chipmunks are relatively safe from Barn Owls.

Barn Owls put their nests in holes in trees, cliff ledges and crevices, caves, burrows in river banks, and in many kinds of human structures, including barn lofts, church steeples, houses, nest boxes, and even haystacks.

Captive bred born in 2006
Arrived 2013
Weighs 450 grams-approx 1 lb

Barn Owl Distribution Map