Barn Owl

About the Barn Owl

Also known as: Common Barn Owl, White Owl, Silver Owl, Demon Owl, Ghost Owl, Death Owl, Night Owl, Rat Owl, Monkey-faced Owl, Church Owl, Cave Owl or Stone Owl. Golden Owl, Hissing Owl, Screech Owl

The Barn Owl is one of the most widely distributed owl in the world and one of the most widespread of all birds. It can be found in the Americas, from Europe to Asia, almost all of Africa and Australia.

The Barn Owl is a pale, long-winged, long-legged owl with a short tail. It can be found in open country, such as farmland or grassland. It hunts by flying low and slowly over an area of open ground, hovering over spots that concel potential prey.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 31 March 2009
Scientific Name
Tyto alba
  • Strigiformes
  • Tytonidae
  • Tyto
  • T. alba
Birdorable Family
Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 7 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
10 to 17.5 inches
30 to 40 inches


International Names

Brazilian (Português brasileiro) Suindara
Chinese (汉语) 仓鸮
Czech (Cesky) Sova Pálná
Danish (Dansk) Slørugle
Dutch (Nederlands) Kerkuil
Finnish (Suomi) Tornipöllö
French (Français) Effraie des Clochers
German (Deutsch) Schleiereule
Italian (Italiano) Barbagianni Comune
Japanese (日本語) メンフクロウ (Menfukurou)
Korean (한국어) 가면올빼미
Norwegian (Norsk) Tårnugle
Polish (Polski) płomykówka
Russian (русский язык) Сипуха - Амбарная сова
Spanish (Español) Lechuza Común
Swedish (Svenska) Tornuggla
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