Barn owl a6 GREETING CARD
My barn owl A6 greeting card has a very special drawing on it for me. Barn owls are the favourite owl of my nana, and so it was and still is the first owl i have drawn. Growing up in England owls are this almost mystical bird. Most people have not seen them in the wild, but seeing them is considered a very special occurrence. They love to live on farms where they live in barns (hence the name) and hunt the mice. So farmers like them around. In my opinion, they are one of the most beautiful owls.
HERE ARE SOME INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT Barn owls!
- Mice, voles and shrews form the bulk of the diet, but they will also take young rats, and have even been observed catching fish from ponds.
- Barn Owls screech – they never hoot
- They have very long legs, toes and talons to help them to catch prey hidden under long grass.
- Barn Owls usually hunt at night – even in total darkness, they can find the smallest vole using their super-sensitive hearing.
- Barn Owl feathers are super soft – this helps them to hunt silently, but they are not very waterproof and get soaked if it rains.
- A wild Barn Owl usually eats about 4 small mammals every night, that’s 1,460 per year!
- Barn Owls have lop-sided ears. One is higher than the other, which helps them to pinpoint exactly where tiny sounds are coming from.
- The barn owl is not only the world’s most widely distributed species of owl but is also one of the most widespread of all birds, as it is found on every continent except Antarctica.
- Barn owls clutch size is highly variable: four to seven eggs are normal, but as many as 14 have been recorded.
- British barn owls have distinctive white breasts, but in central and eastern Europe they are a shade of dark yellow-orange.
- There is approximately28 subspecies of barn owl.
- A typical lifespan for a wild adult Barn Owl is 4 years. However, some individuals do live for many years. The oldest wild barn owl lived 34 years.
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