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Conservation Status

Conservation Status - Least Concern

Spirit the Barn Owl

(Tyto alba)

About Spirit

Spirit's owner found that he no longer had room for any more owls after two of his Barn Owls bred, and so he asked us to take Spirit, who was only five weeks old. She now has full markings on her feathers and is part of our owl display team at Hoots Hollows. Spirit can be moody and protective when she is in her aviary.

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.