Barn owls are one of the most widely spread owl species in the world and can be found on every continent, with the exception of Antarctica. These raptors are among the most unique looking owls and are famous for their heart shaped white face. They are a mild brown/yellow color with a white face, legs, and belly. These birds are nocturnal, so they mostly hunt and are active at night. When these owls fly over at night they are easy to see due to the white color underneath and are often mistaken for snowy owls.
Like most owls, barn owls have specially 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 animal on the planet. An experiment was conducted in which a barn owl was put in a room that was pitch dark and it managed to capture a mouse with sound alone. The silent flight of those owls enable them to listen for rodents on the floor while they fly.
These birds of prey have large families, often hatching 6 – 7 babies at the same time. They like to nest in abandoned buildings and structures and are known to utilize people’s attics to nest. These birds make a loud screeching noise and with a nest full of babies it can be a creepy, loud, horrible sound. There have been reports of people thinking their home is haunted and after finding out it is a family of barn owls living in the loft. When You Have barn owls on your area consider yourself lucky to have such a beneficial and amazing predator around