Barn Owl Facts

  • Name:
    Barn Owl
  • Scientific Name:
    Tyto Alba
  • Family:
  • Length:
    26 cm (10.2 in)
  • Wingspan:
    68 cm (26.7 in)
Galapagos Barn Owl

Barn Owls are medium-sized, mainly nocturnal, birds of prey with long, broad, rather rounded wings; hooked bills; relatively long, slender legs; and sharp, curved talons. They are distinguished from other owls by their white, heart shaped facial discs. The sexes are alike and immature plumages resemble adult plumage.


A medium-sized owl identified by combination of greyish golden-brown upperparts with small white spots, dusky underparts with faint black spotting, heart-shaped facial disc and dark eyes. In flight, underwings appear white.


Mostly nocturnal, although sometimes seen hunting on the ground or from a perch during early morning and late evening; flies with slow, deep wingbeats and occasional glides. Sometimes found roosting during the day in buildings.

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