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Conservation Status

Conservation Status - Least Concern

Bernie the Barn Owl

(Tyto alba)

About Bernie

We were given Bernie when he was only 2 months old. It had not been possible to find him a home so we took him in as part of the family. He is a lovely owl with plenty of character and it is thanks to him that Hoots Owls began and now rescue owls from all over the country. He loves to swoop over and land on your shoulder. He is a very cute looking owl.

Description of the Barn Owl

The Barn Owl is a native owl to Britain, and is of a fair size (around 40cm). It is a very easy owl to recognise, as it has a distinct heart-shaped face, along with black eyes. The wingspan of this bird is around 80-90cm, and when flying, makes hardly any noise whatsoever. The chest feathers of the Barn Owl are white, and the wing feathers are a buff colour. Generally the Barn Owl can be found in the countryside, as it nests in old farm outhouses and barns, and has to have extensive grassy patches to hunt for food in. This bird eats small mammals such as mice, and hunts commonly at dawn and dusk, and sometimes during the day if there are young to feed.

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