Barn owl sighted in Bihar.

18 December 2021.


On December 15, 2921, forest officials rescued a barn owl in Supaul district of Bihar, in a rate sighting.


The Barn owl is usually native to the US, the UK and other parts of Europe.

  • It is rarely seen in the Indian subcontinent.

The Barn Owl

  • The Barn Owl is scientifically called as Tyto alba.
  • It is the most widely distributed species of owl worldwide.
  • The species is found almost everywhere in across the world, except for the polar and desert regions, Indonesia, Pacific Islands and Asia north of the Himalayas.
  •  It is also called as common barn owl.

Characteristics of the Owl

  • The Barn owl is nocturnal for most of its range. However, in Great Britain and some Pacific Islands, the owl also hunts by day.
  • They are specialised in hunting animals on the ground. All of their food comprises of small mammals, which they locate by sound.
  • They are a medium-sized, pale-coloured owl, having long wings and a short & squarish tail.
  • They have a typical wingspan of 80 to 95 cm.

Breeding season

  • In the tropical regions, the Barn owls can breed at any time of year.
  • However, some seasonality in nesting is still evident.
  •  In the regions of distinct wet & dry seasons, egg-laying generally takes place during the dry season.
  • In arid regions like Australia, breeding might be irregular and might happen in wet periods.

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