Common Barn Owl
17 to 18 inches in length and weighing 1 lb.; wingspan if up to 43 inches
From southern Canada to southern Chile and from the east to west coast in the Western Hemisphere.
Trees, abandoned burrows and buidings, old abandoned farm machinery in temperate forests and grasslands.
Wild - Carnivorous, preferring small rodents; other small mammals
Zoo - Bird of prey diet
Red brown speckled wings with white body, distinctive heart shaped face; sharp talons and hooked beak. Camouflage helps owl hide during the day.
- Nocturnal and arboreal
- Will hunt during the day when feeding young
- Sharp talons for seizing and holding prey
- Hooked beak for tearing meat
- Eyes in front allow depth perception and aids in hunting and avoiding obstacles; neck can turn up to 270 degrees.
Great Horned Owl
- Two broods each year, in early spring and late summer; 4 - 7 eggs hatch after several weeks
- Both parents brood and feed the altricial young; male bringing food to female
- Young mature in 10 - 12 weeks
CITES App. II; Protected in the U.S.; suffers from loss of habitat
Lincoln Park Zoo Web Site, animal fact sheet -- http://www.lpzoo.com