The Nocturnal Barn Owl
The beautiful barn owl is a nocturnal animal. It hunts for rodents at night. Learn more about this fasinating creature.
The beautiful Barn Owl will be found in warmer climates around the world. His habitat includes North and South America, Europe, Australia and Africa. He makes his home in open areas on these continents.
This stealthy creature can be found in old abandoned buildings, trees, or caves. He roosts in these areas. He is a night hunter; his hearing is his best hunting feature. The barn owl has extremely excellent hearing; his eyesight is good but sensitive. He sits quietly on a branch and listens to movements, then pinpoints the location of his next meal. He then with speedy accuracy swoops down and catches his prey. His meals usually consist of small rodents. In winter food is scarce, the barn owl may also eat other small birds, if they can not locate their usually prey.
The Barn Owl mates for life. The male and female find their mate about one year of age. They will mate with their chosen mate for the rest of their lives. Mating season usually begins in March, for the barn owl. It may last until November, depending on the region. The Barn Owl, during courtship performs a ritual to renew bonds with their mate. The male and female locate a spot to lay the eggs. The female owl will lay up to seven eggs. She lies the eggs about one to two every two to three days, to insure survival in case of food shortage.
The eggs hatch in approximately one month, after the egg hatch the male and female take responsibility for feeding and raising the young chicks. The male hunts and the female feed the chicks the food the male has caught. The chicks grow fast. They are able to leave the nest and are fully independent at three months of age. The Barn Owl is thought to be able to live up to 18 years in the wild.
The Barn Owl is not considered an endangered species. Their populations are secure in all regions.