Barn owls are one of the most widely dispersed owl species in the world and could be found on every continent, with the exception of Antarctica. These raptors are one of the most unique looking owls and are known for their heart shaped face. They’re a light brown/yellow color with a white face, legs, and stomach. These birds are nocturnal, which means they mostly hunt and are active at night. When these owls fly over at night they’re easy to see because of the white color underneath and are often mistaken for snowy owls.
Like all owls, barn owls have especially designed feathers for silent flight and have a round facial disk that enables them to pinpoint their prey by sound. There is research showing that barn owls have the best hearing out of any creature on the planet. An experiment was conducted in which a barn owl was put in a room that was pitch dark and it was able to capture a mouse with sound alone. The silent flight of these owls permit them to listen to rodents on the ground while they fly.
These birds of prey have big families, often hatching 6 – 7 babies at the same time. These birds make a loud screeching noise and with a nest full of babies it can be a creepy, loud, horrible noise. There have been reports of people thinking their home is haunted and later finding out it is a family of barn owls living in the attic. These owls primarily eat rates, and voles, and are great to have around. If you have barn owls in your area consider yourself blessed to have such a valuable and Incredible predator around