Barn Owl Images and Information:
- Barn Owls are medium sized, secretive, nocturnal owls with dark eyes and white to tawny feathers.
- In North America Barn Owls breed from northwestern to northeastern U.S. south to Mexico and are year round residents in all but the very northern most areas of their range.
- Barn Owls are declining in parts of their range due to habitat loss. In some Midwestern states they are endangered due to modern farming practices.
- Barn Owls provide excellent rodent control and having them locally should be encouraged. Do not use rodenticides when there are Barn Owls, it can kill them.
- Barn Owls eat small mammals including mice, rats, voles, lemmings and shrews, they also eat bats, rabbits and birds.
- Some research studies indicate that they eat twice as much prey as other owls for their weight.
- They lay between 2 to 18 eggs and the incubation period is 29 – 34 days, The female incubates.
- Barn Owls will nest in human structures including nest boxes, barns, old abandoned buildings and hay stacks. Natural nesting sites include holes in trees, caves, cliffs and crevices.
- Barn Owls have many nicknames which include monkey-faced owl, silver owl, white owl, delicate owl, golden owl, steeple owl, straw owl, barnyard owl, church owl, night owl, ghost owl, hobgoblin owl, screech owl, and death owl.
- Barn Owls can live up to 15 years.
I hope you enjoy viewing my Barn Owl photos.
Title: Barn Owl in thick fog at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge
Location: Bear River National Wildlife Refuge, Box Elder County, Utah
Title: Barn Owl in flight near the snow covered Great Salt Lake
Location: Antelope Island State Park, Davis County, Utah