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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 three barn owls in the exhibit. The first owl, a 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 was taken to a wildlife rehabilitator. It was not able to be released back into the wild since it could no longer fly. The third barn owl arrived at ZooAmerica in June of 2018 as a 4 month old from Western North Carolina Nature Center.