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.
Length 37 - 44,5 cm
Weight M : 442 g F : 490 g
Wing span 109,2 - 119,4 cm
Record 34 years in the wild, but usually only 2 to 3 years
Open areas, including agricultural fields
Small mammals such as mice, voles and shrews, as well as birds, frogs and fish
1 brood/year; 4 to 7 eggs; 29 to 34 days of incubation; pair mates for life