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Barn Owl (Tyto alba)
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Jan 03, 2010

General Description: Barn Owls (Tyto alba) are large, light colored owls with a heart-shaped face. The undersides are mostly white, and the wings, back, and top of the head are tan with gray highlights.

Taxonomy: Strigiformes, Tytonidae.

Favored Habitat: Desert scrub with cliffs where they can roost in caves or crevices, or rural areas with old buildings and barns.

Jan 03, 2010

Where to Find: Around Las Vegas, look for Barn Owls in the rural areas on the outskirts of town, in places like Overton, and in cliffy areas such as the White River Narrows north of Hiko, NV.

Comments:

Jan 03, 2010 Barn Owl; note the spines on the leading edge of the wing feathers. These break up the air flow over the wings and help the bird fly silently through the night.
Jan 03, 2010 If you were a tasty woodrat, this might be the last face you ever see!
Barn Owl (Tyto alba) Barn Owl (Tyto alba)
Barn Owl (Tyto alba) Barn Owl (Tyto alba)
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Barn Owl (Tyto alba)
Barn Owl parent in old mine shaft
Barn Owl (Tyto alba)
Barn Owl parent in old mine shaft
Barn Owl (Tyto alba)
Barn Owl parent in old mine shaft
Barn Owl (Tyto alba)
Barn Owl nestlings (2) in old mine shaft
Barn Owl (Tyto alba)
Barn Owl nestlings (notice the downy feathers on the back of the head (right owl) and the fluffy feathers on the shy left owl
Barn Owl (Tyto alba)
Looking down on Barn Owl nestlings sitting on timbers inside an old mine shaft
Barn Owl (Tyto alba)
Live mount with woodrat at Malheur NWR headquarters, Oregon.

Barn Owl (Tyto alba)
"White wash" gives away this owl's hiding spot

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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