Barn Owl

(Tyto alba)

Description

(wingspan: 33’’-42’’) Barn Owls are long-legged and have dark eyes inside a heart-shaped facial disk. Their feathers on their back and wings are rusty brown with patches of ash-gray and specks of white. The juveniles have the same plumage as the adults.

Diet

These owls are opportunistic but mainly prey on rodents.

Migration

Barn Owls are found in Colorado year-round.

Breeding

These birds nest in cavities and are known for nesting in man-made structures. The females will lay four to six eggs per brood and the babies will fledge in seven to nine weeks. Barns owls will have multiple broods a year where and when food is abundant.

 

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