scientific name: Tyto alba
Ghostly pale and strictly nocturnal, Barn Owls are silent predators of the night world. Lanky, with a whitish face, chest, and belly, and buffy upper parts, this owl roosts in hidden, quiet places during the day. By night, they hunt on buoyant wingbeats in open fields and meadows. You can find them by listening for their eerie, raspy calls, quite unlike the hoots of other owls. Despite a worldwide distribution, Barn Owls are declining in parts of their range due to habitat loss.
Interestingly the Barn Owl "screeches" and the Screech Owl does not !
Listen below to compare the three most common Owls in our area :
Barn Owl Sounds
Territorial scream or advertising click to hear the call
Western Screeh Owl Sounds
Double trill song followed by bouncing ball song click to hear the call
Great Horned Owl Sounds
Territorial hooting click to hear the call