Barn Owl

Barn

Owl

Tyto alba

 

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DESCRIPTION

Barn Owl … What a perfect name for me since I love to nest in old barns and churches!  

I am quite secretive and I owe my silent flight to the fringed feathers of my wings that cut through the air and eliminate sounds.

I am the only member of my family found in Québec. It’s something about my fingers that distinguishes me from all other owls. I, like all of them, have four fingers, but mine are different. Unlike theirs, my two inner digits are of the same length, and my first digit also has a comb shaped (pectinate) claw. Look closely, you will see.

Location

Barn Owl

Caracteristics

dimension

Length 37 - 44,5 cm
Weight M : 442 g F : 490 g
Wing span 109,2 - 119,4 cm

Lifespan

Record 34 years in the wild, but usually only 2 to 3 years

Habitat

Open areas, including agricultural fields

Diet

Small mammals such as mice, voles and shrews, as well as birds, frogs and fish

Reproduction

1 brood/year; 4 to 7 eggs; 29 to 34 days of incubation; pair mates for life

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