American Barn Owl

American Barn Owl (Strix pratincola) is a medium sized owl, with relatively long legs, and heart shaped facial disk.

A variable grey (gray) veiling on the upper-parts seems to be characteristic of the species. Females tend to be normally darker and more heavily marked than males. They generally feed on small mammals, rodents, small birds, reptiles, frogs and sometimes on insects. Some populations may specialize on a particular prey species. The owl prefers open lowlands, particularly areas including rough grassland, but also plantations, heath, marsh, coastal regions and savannah.

American Barn Owl is seen throughout India.

Updated on 7th June, 2005


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