Barn Owl

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Barn Owl

Tyto alba


Our first two owls both came to CuriOdyssey in 2015 from Native Animal Rescue in Santa Cruz. One had been hit by a car; she has a permanently injured wing and cannot fly. The other has been a former pet that is now imprinted on humans. The third owl was hatched at Scovill Zoo in IL, and transferred to CuriOdyssey in August 2015

Fun Facts

These birds are called barn owls because they will often inhabit buildings, especially barns, where there is an ample rodent supply. They can capture prey in total darkness.

Birth Date

Of the two owls from Native Animal Rescue, one was hatched in April 2014 and the other owl’s hatch date is unknown. The third owl was hatched May 2015.

Diet in the Wild

Mostly mammals, especially mice, voles, and shrews; will also eat birds and reptiles

Diet at the Museum

Mice, rat, guinea pig, rabbit, chicken, quail

Life Span

In the Wild: average is 1-4 years, although longer has been recorded
In Captivity: up to 20+ years


Virtually all habitats-grasslands, marshes, desert, fields, forests, etc., although they tend to favor more open spaces; also common in urban areas


Found on every continent except Antarctica

Conservation Status:

Their conservation status is of least concern, although rodenticides are a huge threat to barn owls and other raptors. Barn owls are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.