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Barn owl

Tyto alba

Description:
This medium-sized owl is about 35 centimetres long with a slim body, long wings and legs, a heart-shaped pale face and dark eyes. The plumage is typically very light, with two distinctive variations: either pure white or yellow-orange spotted dark underparts.

Habitat:
The barn owl breeds in farmland, copses and gardens, and in villages close to fields.

Habits:
Mainly sedentary, the barn owl is nocturnal and crepuscular. It nests in the holes of trees, buildings or ruins, often using nest boxes inside farmhouses. The mating call is a frequently repeated “shrrreeee”. It eats voles, frogs and insects.

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