Barn Owl

Latin Name Tyto alba
Class Aves
Order Strigiformes
Family Tytonidae
IUCN status Least concern
Habitat Rough grasslands, savannah, farmlands
Distribution Found globally but not in deserts and polar regions

General Information

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.

Fun Fact

On average a Barn Owl eats about 4 small mammals per night that is 1,460 per year.

Keeper Notes

We have two Barn Owl residents at the Park. 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 is trained to sit on the glove for educational talks to raise awareness about this iconic British Owl species as their wild population numbers continue to decline.