Barn Owl

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Barn Owl

Tyto alba
The barn owl is a farmer’s best friend. By hunting mice and other small mammals, which it can catch in total darkness, the owl helps control the population of these pint-sized grain thieves. As old barns are torn down, however, fewer barn owls have a place to call home. They are considered threatened in Ohio for this reason.
Fact file:

Length: 1 to 1.5 ft

Weight: Up to 1.4 lbs

Wingspan: 3.3 to 4 ft

Lifespan: About 2 yrs in the wild, up to 10 yrs in captivity

Habitat: Grassland, desert, marsh, and agricultural fields

Diet: Small mammals such as mice, voles, and shrews

Current Range: Worldwide