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.
- 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.