Barn Owl
Tyto alba

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soundThe typical "screaming" call
Field Marks
  • Large, nocturnal, predatory bird
  • Large, rounded head
  • Pale facial disks with dark frame
  • Tawny and gray upper parts with small black and white spots
  • White under parts with scattered dark spots
  • Sometimes found in barns and silos


Barn owls occupy a vast range of habitats from rural to urban, but they prefer warm climates with mild winters. Nearby open grassland is essential for hunting. Barn owls are almost never found in deep forests or mountains.


Barn Owls are rare in city of Atlanta, however, they are quite common in the suburbs.

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