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Barn Owl

Effraie des clochers

Tyto alba

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Life, Habitat & Pictures of North American Owls

B L W W W Family Latin Name
16" 40.64cm 42" 106.68cm 1.00 lb 454g Tytonidae Tyto alba

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Distribution: The Barn Owl is from the family of the Old World owls. It is different from all the other owls seen in North America. At one time, when there were wooden barns all over the continent in the south, this bird of prey was a regular resident. Now most of these barns are gone and metal barns are now the substitute. They are seen almost entirely in the US states, except for rare sightings along the Canadian borders, from Massachusetts and across the western states to Washington, south to California, east to the Atlantic coast, all of Florida and north to New York. It is found throughout the country of Mexico.

References to Other Bird Sites:

Avibase - the world bird database This site provides the user with a complete list of bird species, broken down per country, or in the example of the US or Canada, per state and province. Here, bird species names are available in other languages, a great asset to be used as a translation of foreign bird names.

ABA - American Birding Association This site represents an organization that maintains official records of all birds species that have been proven to have been seen inside the perimeters of the North American Continent and the surrounding bodies of water. Regular revised versions are posted to keep the bird list current at all times. This is the list used by all serious birders over their lifetime. You may be aware of the movie called the "Big Year". It was with this list that all the competing birders used in an attempt to set a new record as to how many bird species that could be seen by an individual birder in one calendar year.

I hope you will take advantage of these suggested websites. I have used each of them, in one way or another, throughout the years in my quest to better identify and understand our fine feathered friends.

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