Latin Name: Tyto alba
Habitat: Open plains and low lying woodland
Diet: Voles, shrews, mice and rats
Lifespan: Up to 15 years
Average Size: Weight: 0.50 Kg., Height: 40cm, Length:39cm
The barn oil is the most widely distributed species of owl and one of the most widespread of all birds. They have a characteristically heart shaped face, white in colour, with a mottled grey or brown plumage on the head and back. On average they need to eat around 5,000 prey items per year. Barn owls fly almost silently which enables them to hear the slightest sounds made by its rodent prey hidden in deep vegetation while its flying up to 8 metres overhead. The barn owls heart shaped face collects sound in the same as humans ears and its hearing is the most sensitive of any creature alive.