Is the most widely distributed species of owl globally and has the greatest selection of names including “silver owl” and “church owl”.
With it’s distinctive heart-shaped face and pure white underparts it is a much loved bird in the UK.
Barn owls are best seen at dusk and dawn when they are hunting small mammals and birds - the short tailed vole being a favorite.
They are able to hunt on sound alone, in flight, the left ear catches sounds from below and the right ear focusses on sounds from above.
On average a Barn Owl eats about 4 small mammals per night that is 1,460 per year.
We have three Barn Owl residents at the Park. A pair of wild rescues called Ghost and Spook, who have lived at the Park prior to 1997. Also, a new addition, Hobbit, a male, was hatched in 2013. Hobbit will be helping the keepers with Animal Encounters during the year.