Is the most widely distributed species of owl globally and has the greatest selection of names including “silver owl” and “church owl”.
With it’s distinctive heart-shaped face and pure white underparts it is a much loved bird in the UK.
Barn owls are best seen at dusk and dawn when they are hunting small mammals and birds - the short tailed vole being a favorite.
They are able to hunt on sound alone, in flight, the left ear catches sounds from below and the right ear focusses on sounds from above.
On average a Barn Owl eats about 4 small mammals per night that is 1,460 per year.
We have three Barn Owl residents at the Park. Basil is an ex-pet and Twiglet, who is Hobbit's sister, living in the Barn Aviary in the Deer Encounter. Then, Hobbit, a female, was hatched in 2013 by a private breeder, and joined us at just 3 weeks old. Hobbit will be helping the keepers with Animal Encounters on weekends and school holidays.