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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
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.
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
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
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.