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Barn Owl (Tyto alba)


Barn Owl
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Barn Owl (Tyto alba)

The world’s most widely distributed owl species, the Barn Owl is found on every continent except Antarctica, with nearly 30 different geographic variations, or subspecies, identified. I’ve shown one from eastern North America. Ontario, where I live, is the northern limit of its range here in Eastern North America. They are quite variable in appearance (colour, shape, size).

They are classified in a family, Tytonidae, with some twenty species, that is distinct from all other owls, in the family, Strigidae. Barn Owls do, as the name implies, nest in human-made structures, certainly including barns, where they endear themselves to farmers by consuming large numbers of rodents, although as I indicate in the painting, they prey is highly varied – essentially anything they can overcome.

Incubation of eggs begins with the first laid, so that the ages of the chicks is staggered, and as much as several weeks can separate the age of the oldest from the youngest. The species pairs for life or until the loss of a mate.

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