photo by NEBRASKAland Magazine/Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
L 16″ (41 cm).
Song or calls:
Listen (NGPC audio)
Loud rasping hiss. Does not hoot like a typical owl.
Description: Sexes similar. Females are darker in color than males. Distinctive white heart-shaped face ringed with tan; dark eyes. Back is light tan, and underparts vary from white to cinnamon.
Food: Rats are the favorite prey of Barn Owls, but they will also eat many other rodents.
Habitat: Found in open to semi-open habitats where small rodents are plentiful. Hollow trees, old buildings, or caves are necessary to provide roosting and nesting sites.
Where in Nebraska: Uncommon permanent resident and breeder across the state,
but seems to be more common in southern Nebraska.
Fun Facts: Barn Owls are one of the few birds species with females that are more showy than the males. Females have a more reddish and spotted breast.