Barn Owl

The Barn Owl is the most widely distributed of the owls, inhabiting every continent except Antarctica. There are 28 subspecies world-wide. In North America extreme southern Canada is the northern limit of its range. It is only found in southwestern Ontario within 50 kilometres of the Great Lakes and in southern British Columbia. It is estimated there are as few as 5 breeding pairs in Ontario.

The Barn Owl is easily identified by its buff colour and white, heart shaped face. It has no ear tufts. It is a mid sized owl. Barn owls nest in barns, abandoned buildings and natural cavities in trees.

The Barn Owl hunts at night using its sense of hearing. It hunts small rodents such as mice.

Barn Owl @ Safari Niagara

  • There are two Barn Owls at our nature park. They are Maxine and Christopher.

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Strigiformes
Family: Tytonidae
Genus: Tyto
Species: Tyto alka

Did you know?

  • Barn Owls are highly reproductive but have a high mortality rate among the young.
  • Average life expectancy is 4 years.
  • Barn Owls do not hoot but give off an eerie, long drawn out shriek.