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Barn Owl

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This animal is not on exhibit in the habitats. It is one of our Animal Ambassadors and is used in public and school programs.

Latin Name

Tyto alba

History at CuriOdyssey

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.

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.

Fun Facts about Barn owls

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.

What do Barn owls eat?

Barn owls' diet consists of mostly mammals, especially mice, voles, and shrews; will also eat birds and reptile. At CuriOdyssey, they are served mice, rat, guinea pig, rabbit, chicken, and quail.

How long do Barn owls live?

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

Where do Barn owls live?

Barn owls can be found in virtually all habitats-grasslands, marshes, desert, fields, forests, etc., although they tend to favor more open spaces; also common in urban area. They can be found on every continent except Antarctica

Are Barn Owls endangered?

Their wildlife 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.

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Your contribution helps provide my food, toys, and medical care. I’ll stay at the museum, and you’ll get a photo of me and a certificate as reminders of your generosity. Check out our adoption section and see all of our adoption levels.


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