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Identified by its heart-shaped facial disk, white underparts, and long legs, the barn owl roosts and nests on ledges in old buildings, silos, and barns, as well as in hollow trees. Having the most sensitive hearing of all owls, the barn owl can pinpoint the direction and distance of rustling prey in total darkness. One owl consumes almost 1,000 rodents per year. Not a hooting owl, the bird makes raspy screeches, hisses and clicks with its beak. The owl's eerie shriek and silent mothlike flight have startled many a nighttime traveler.
Our Animal's Story
There are currently two barn owls in the exhibit. The female hatched in 2003 at a local wildlife rehabilitation facility. The second exhibit owl arrived in September of 2016. It was found in the wild with an injured left wing and taken to a wildlife rehabilitator. It was not able to be released back into the wild since it could no longer fly. There is one barn owl in the Education Department. He hatched in our exhibit in 2007. We call him Osgood and he is an ambassador for his species during our educational programming.